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IPC Acute Malnutrition Classification 2015

IPC Global Brief Series 2015

May 2015

Since its inception, the IPC has focused primarily on the analysis and classification of food insecurity situations and related outcomes. Although nutrition elements are integrated within the IPC analysis, currently the IPC does not incorporate a full nutrition situation overview in terms of considering malnutrition caused by other factors than food insecurity.

With the constant expansion of IPC, a new interest has risen to complement the standard IPC analysis with a comprehensive nutrition component. In response to this demand from countries and governments, in 2014, the IPC Global Partnership committed to developing the IPC Acute Malnutrition Classification tools and procedures based on the Nutrition Classification used by the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) in Somalia.

The development process started in February 2014 with the establishment of an IPC Nutrition Working Group (IPC NWG), which includes experts from IPC Global Partnership, CDC, FSNAU, Institute of Child Health/University of London, Standing Committee on Nutrition (WHO), UNICEF, FANTA, WHO, and the World Bank.

The FSNAU’s tool was reviewed and a prototype IPC Acute Malnutrition Classification was developed and piloted in three countries in 2014. The new Acute Malnutrition tools and procedures will be revised in order to be compatible with whatever nutrition data collection systems, methodological approaches, and institutional arrangements that exist in-county, allowing comparison of findings over time and across countries.

The piloting and roll-out of a complementary IPC Acute Malnutrition Classification to be integrated in the IPC approach is a key component of the IPC Global Strategic Programme (2014-2018).

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