Program Responses to Acute and Chronic Malnutrition: Divergences and Convergences
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Institute for International Economic Policy, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University
March 1, 2012
Advances in Nutrition. Volume 3: 242-249, 2012
Program approaches for addressing acute malnutrition and those for addressing chronic malnutrition have grown in different directions. Their specialization has led to productive advances in the efficacy of specific interventions but has also created divergences in implementation. Greater convergence and integration between the 2 sets of approaches would help programs respond to the diversity of conditions faced in the field and enable a more comprehensive continuum of care from prevention to treatment. After reviewing the causes of the differences in approach, this paper examines programmatic and scientific challenges to greater convergence and suggests steps to promote effective integration of acute and chronic malnutrition services. Steps include strengthening community linkages between program platforms, assessing the degree and type of integration needed in various situations, identifying cost efficiencies, and developing joint tools where possible.
Keywords: nutrition, integration, programs, acute malnutrition, chronic malnutrition
JEL Classification: I12, L31, O15Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: May 26, 2012
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