Introducing the new WHO child growth standards : report of a regional workshop, Banghkok, Thailand, 5-7 June 2006
AbstractDescription: Around 68 million under-five children in the South East Asia region are suffering from being underweight, as a result of growth failure. The assessment and monitoring of the growth of children is important for addressing the problem. The new WHO growth standard defines how children should grow, and identify the deviations from the pattern it describes as evidence of abnormal growth, while the previous NCHS reference, on the other hand, does not provide as sound a basis for such value judgments. The new WHO child growth standard more widely represents the breastfed children of the developing countries. The workshop clarified why the introduction of a new child growth standard is required; dispelled certain myths/misconceptions regarding trajectory of growth; and showed how global standards are relevant for the Region. In addition the workshop provided the opportunity for countries to share experiences of growth-monitoring practices and formulate the framework for actionplans for adapting the new WHO child growth standards in individual countries.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2006). Introducing the new WHO child growth standards : report of a regional workshop, Banghkok, Thailand, 5-7 June 2006. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205386