|Guidelines for Training Community Health Workers in Nutrition (WHO, 1986, 128 p.)|
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WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION GENEVA 1986
First edition, 1981
Second edition, 1986
Reprinted 1991, 1993, 1995
ISBN 92 4 154210 1
© World Health Organization, 1986
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A number of the illustrations in this volume reproduce or are based on illustrations in King, M. et al., Primary child care. A manual for health workers, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1978, by kind permission of the publishers.