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Nutrition Monitoring and Surveillance
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Nutrition surveillance undertaken by FSNAU and partners utilizes a diverse range of information sources on nutrition. These include detailed nutrition assessments, health facility information, rapid assessments, sentinel site surveillance and intervention data. Information on the wide range of factors affecting nutrition is also collected from partners in other sectors of health, food security, water and security.

Most recently, methods and tools for the monitoring of dietary intake and coping strategies have been developed and are being tested during FSNAU uses a standard nutrition assessment methodology. The general objectives in undertaking nutrition assessments in Somalia are:. Currently there are around two hundred health facilities throughout Somalia.

Over one hundred of these health facilities collect nutrition data on a monthly basis through anthropometrical measurements of children under the age of five. Nutrition data collected from these facilities is triangulated with information from other sources and the health facility workers who have been trained by FSNAU act as key informants throughout the country. These are mainly carried out on an ad hoc basis and are useful when nutrition information is urgently needed and when access to the population of concern is limited by time or lack of other resources.

Anthropometric, dietary and other data are collected during rapid nutrition assessments which are usually undertaken with partners from food security and health sectors. An inventory of assessments is available and summarized in the Monthly Nutrition Update. Sites are purposively selected, and nutrition and related data are collected on a regular basis in areas of heightened concern.

Currently, anthropometric and mortality data on children and adults is combined with information on diet and coping strategies to allow a close monitoring of populations under stress. Reports are presented in the monthly nutrition updates. Therapeutic and supplementary feeding programmes data is also used in the nutrition situation analysis. The data provides trends in admission as well as other feeding programme indicators.

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