Course Overview

Our intensive 6 to 12-day Professional Short Courses in Nutrition in Emergencies have been designed to help equip participants with the expertise needed to lead or support nutrition responses. They are intended to build the skills of anyone who has an involvement with emergency nutrition, including health and food security staff, and general programme managers. In addition to providing the most up-to-date technical theory of NIE, we employ a range of training techniques to help participants to think more practically about what they would need to do to prevent and treat malnutrition during an emergency.

The course materials are based on the NIE Harmonized Training Package (HTP v2) which has been developed by international experts on behalf of the Global Nutrition Cluster. The HTP is the most up-to-date training resource for emergency nutrition.

Each course includes modules on the causes and types of malnutrition as well as the main areas of focus for nutrition professionals in emergency settings:

- Surveys and surveillance
- Therapeutic and supplementary feeding
- Infant and young child feeding in emergencies
- General food distributions
- Micronutrient assessment and intervention
- Monitoring and evaluation
- Humanitarian standards and coordination
- Emergency preparedness
- Advocacy

We place particular emphasis on how nutrition responses link to other sectors and on the integration of emergency-type interventions into longer-term strategies for preventing and treating malnutrition. During the 12-day courses, we include additional topics relevant to NIE, such as: working with communities, and advocacy and communication in emergency contexts.