Launch of the framework for analyzing the impact of COVID-19 on nutrition
The COVID-19 pandemic has shocked the world, affecting organizations and institutions that have supported the delivery of nutrition programs at all levels. To respond in a timely manner to the needs of the nutrition community, the Agile Core Team for Nutrition Monitoring (ACT-NM), a collaboration between UNICEF, USAID, WHO and USAID Advancing Nutrition, has developed an analytical framework to explore pathways of impact of the COVD -19 pandemic on key nutritional outcomes.
The comprehensive analytical framework encompasses the six WHA-endorsed nutrition targets for mothers, infants and young children, tracked outcomes towards ending malnutrition in all its forms, one of the targets of the sustainable development (SDGs).
Linking the overarching categories of food, health, social protection, education, water and sanitation to the nutrition outcomes and impacts of COVID-19, the analytical framework is a useful tool that allows users to construct context-specific pathways to study the impact of COVID-19 and future shocks.
The Analytical Framework Viewer can be viewed at https://www.who.int/tools/covid19-nutrition-analytical-framework
Health professionals, community health workers, business owners and policy makers can all delve into the impacts of a given shock, exploring various contexts that extend to the underlying determinants. Policymakers can also click through the viewer’s interactive features to expand, collapse and create their own pathways and explore the impacts of specific shocks, such as a lockdown or supply chain disruption. The tool allows downloading a pool of potential data sources for the different factors included in the framework, the Data Mapping Tool.