Training courses and materials on malnutrition have been compiled by different organisations to equip policy makers and implementers. Read below to find out more.
If you have training materials that you would like to share, or if you know about an upcoming training course, email us the details.
Online training courses
Find below a list of training courses available to take online.
Caring for infants and young children with severe malnutrition
The course titled “Caring for Infants and young children with severe malnutrition” was developed by IMTF and Faculty of Medicine University of Southampton, based on the WHO recommended guidelines for the management of severe malnutrition. The course aims at providing a standardised and accessible resource that will facilitate the acquisition by health professionals of core competencies in the care and management of young children with severe malnutrition. Access the course at www.som.soton.ac.uk/learn/test/nutrition. You will need to register and create your user name and password, which can be used to access the course. Download the user guide for accessing the course.
Inpatient management of severe malnutrition
This is an online training course based on the ‘WHO Training Course on the Management of Severe Malnutrition’ (2002). The course is designed for senior nurses and doctors in hospitals that have or plan to have severe malnutrition wards for children. The course teaches skills and knowledge specifically needed for the management of severely malnourished children in hospitals. The course does not teach basic medical techniques that are taught in schools of medicine and nursing. This course is available from our Electronic Learning Website. You will be asked to register before starting.
Course modules include:
- Principles of care
- Initial management
- Daily care
- Monitoring and problem solving
- Involving mothers in care
Training materials to download
Some training materials have been developed in-country and are available to download. These courses have been reviewed by partners of the International Malnutrition Task Force.
Let us know if you have other training materials that you would like to share.
Managing severe malnutrition: training course for nurses (2007)
This course was developed by the IMTF and Muhimbili National Hospital, supported by WHO Tanzania, Paediatric Association of Tanzania (PAT) and Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre (TFNC). The course is based on training materials produced by Ann Ashworth, Thandi Puoane, David Sanders and Claire Schofield. It is a 10-hour course designed for nurses and nurse assistants in Tanzania. The course is very interactive and includes group discussions and activities.
Managing severe malnutrition: training course for doctors (2007)
This course was developed by the IMTF, supported by WHO Tanzania, Paediatric Association of Tanzania (PAT) and Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre (TFNC). The course is based on the ‘WHO Training Course on the Management of Severe Malnutrition’ (2002) and the Tanzanian national guidelines on the management of acute malnutrition. It is a 13- hour course designed for doctors and clinical officers in Tanzania. The course is based around 7 power-point/ OHP presentations and individual and group exercises.
More training materials
Several other high quality training courses have been developed by international organsiations. Click on the links to the different organisations to find out how you can get hold of copies.
Improving the management of severe malnutrition, by Ashworth, Schofield, Puoane and Sanders
300 page training guide for those running training workshops. Explains how to plan a workshop and contains course materials, handouts and transparencies that participants can use to train their own staff, especially nurses. Available in English from LSHTM, UWC and TALC
Topics in international health: nutrition, by Wellcome Trust
CD-ROM of 12 tutorials that covers ‘protein-energy malnutrition’ and major micronutrient deficiencies in the developing world, together with a summary of diet in relation to chronic disease worldwide. Available from Wellcome Trust
Training course on the management of severe malnutrition, by WHO (2002)
7 module training course that includes instructor and participant guides with exercises, photos and video clips, for a 3 day orientation course for instructors and a 6 day training course for senior health workers. Available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Arabic from WHO
Treatment of severely malnourished children, by Schofield, Ashworth and Burgess (2000)
Set of 24 teaching and learning slides for staff in health centres, hospitals and emergency feeding programmes. Available in English from TALC
Nutrition and HIV: A Training Manual for Nurses and Midwives
A Training Manual for Nurses and Midwives designed to provide materials that nursing school instructors can use to teach nursing students the knowledge and skills needed for nutrition care and support of PLHIV has been developed by FANTA-2 with the East, Central and Southern African Health Community (ECSA-HC). While designed to be used for pre-service training, it can also be used or adapted for in-service training. Click this link to access the manual.
Nutrition and Care for People Living with HIV and AIDS: A Training Manual for Community and Home-based Care Providers
The Nutrition Care for People Living with HIV and AIDS: Training Manual for Community and Home-Based Care Providers Facilitators Guide and Participant Handouts developed by FANTA are designed to equip community and home-based care providers with sufficient knowledge and skills to provide nutrition care to PLHIV as part of ongoing services. The materials are designed for training providers who do not have extensive education or technical knowledge.
Click this link to download manual
Training courses on severe malnutrition management available through WHO
Community based Management of Acute Malnutrition training
Training guide for Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition
The training guide is designed for health care managers and health care providers who manage, supervise and implement CMAM. This includes health care providers who are involved in health outreach activities, as well as MOH officials at the national, regional and district levels, health and nutrition program managers of NGOs and United Nations technical staff.
Click on this link to access this tool.
Integration of IYCF into CMAM
This training manual was jointly produced by ENN, IFE Core Group & collaborators
Integration of IYCF into CMAM – Facilitators Guide Download
Integration of IYCF into CMAM – Handouts Download
Nutrition in Emergencies training
UNICEF eLearning Course: Introduction to Nutrition in Emergencies- Basic Concepts
The course is based on key modules of the Harmonized Training Package, Resource Material for Training on Nutrition in Emergencies: The Harmonised Training Package. It is divided into 5 sections, each of which is divided into several lessons and mini-lessons. A lesson takes 40 minutes to complete and a mini-lesson takes 10 to 15 minutes.
There are knowledge based tests to be completed at the end of each module, comprising 15 questions and a pass rate of 80% is required for each test and for the emergency scenario assessment in order for the user to receive a certificate.