Practices in child growth monitoring in the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region
AbstractGrowth reference charts are among the most sensitive and valuable tools for assessing the health and development of children. A questionnaire survey was answered by 16 of the 21 ministries of health in the Eastern Mediterranean Region countries [EMR] about their use of growth charts for children under 5 years. Most of the countries [13/16] used the NCHS/WHO charts and weight-for-age was the most commonly used. Charts for height-for-age and head circumference-for-age were less commonly used. Problems in the use of charts were identified. The introduction of the new WHO Child Growth Standards, based on exclusively breastfed babies, is a unique opportunity to support growth monitoring and optimal feeding practices in EMR
Abul Fadl, A., Bagchi, K. & Cheikh Ismail, L. (2010). Practices in child growth monitoring in the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/117842
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 16 (2), 194-201, 2010
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