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close this bookSCN News, Number 16 - Nutrition of the School-aged Child (ACC/SCN, 1998, 80 p.)
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View the documentMessage From the Chairman
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View the documentNutrition of the Scholl-Aged Child
View the documentA Summary of SCN Working Group Discussions, Oslo 1998
View the documentAbstracts the Symposium Challenges for the 21st Century: Gender Perspective on Nutrition Through the Life Cycle
View the documentNews and Views
View the documentNutrition in Emergencies
View the documentLetters to the Editor
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Information Resources


Visit the ACC/SCN website at httD://

Launched in March 1998, the SCN website provides general information about the SCN, details of SCN publications including an online order form, RNIS and SCN News online, and useful links to other nutrition-related websites. The website is updated regularly. New items include:

Discussion group: Enter the discussions from the homepage. Participate via the website or by emailing

The Third Report on the World Nutrition Situation: Now available to view and download in portable document format.

Clinical Nutrition Update Service

The email-based Arbor Clinical Nutrition Updates are available free to nutritionalists, physicians and other health professionals. Some 4800 nutrition and health professionals in 90 countries worldwide receive the updates each week. As a subsidiary service to the Arbor Nutrition Guide on the Web (, the nutrition updates contain abstracts of current clinical nutrition research, comments on the research, and information on the best nutrition resources available on the Internet.

The editor-in-chief, Dr Tony Helman, is keen to reach a wider audience with the Clinical Nutrition Updates. If you would like to receive the updates on a regular basis, either fill in the form on the Arbor Nutrition Guide website or send an email to ese listserves are a service provided by the IVACG and INACG retariats. The ILSI Research Foundation's Human Nutrition Institute serves as the IVACG and INACG Secretariats through Opportunities for Micronutrient Interventions (OMNI), a project of the global Bureau for Programs, Field Support and Research, USAID. For specific questions about the discussion groups, please contact Laurie Aomari or Maribel Flewitt, IVACG/INACG Secretariat, ILSI Human Nutrition Institute, 1126 Sixteenth St., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036-4810. Tel: 1202 659 9024 Fax: 1 2026593617 Email: Web: or

New Vitamin A and Iron Email Discussion Groups

The International Vitamin A Consultative Group (IVACG) and the International Nutritional Anemia Consultative Group (INACG) have launched two new email discussion groups to promote networking and sharing of information and expertise related to vitamin A deficiency and nutritional anaemia, respectively. By subscribing to the lists, email messages can be sent to a group of participating subscribers who receive the message simultaneously within minutes. Postings to the two groups should reflect either vitamin A deficiency, or iron deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia, as well as strategies to control these public health problems.

The discussion group is a 'closed' list, i.e., the IVACG or INACG Secretariats monitor subscriptions to the list. To subscribe to one or both of the groups, send an email message to In the body of the message type either SUBSCRIBE VITAMINALIST then leave one space and type your email address (to subscribe to the vitamin A discussion group), or SUBSCRIBE IRON-LIST then leave one space and type your email address (to subscribe to the iron discussion group). It is not necessary to write in the subject line of the message.

The Reproductive Health Library (RHL) - a New Electronic Journal by WHO

In March 1998, a new peer reviewed electronic journal; the Reproductive Health Library (RHL), was launched by WHO in England, China, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, India and Uruguay. RHL contains:

· systematic reviews of clinical trials on priority reproductive health topics;
· expert commentaries on the relevance of the review findings for developing countries;
· practical advice on the management of reproductive health problems.

Low-Cost Newsletters and Journals for Nutritionists

The following list, compiled by the Nutrition Society UK, provides information on low-cost publications that give up-to-date information on human nutrition.

Breastfeeding Briefs from the International Baby Food Action Network/Geneva Infant Feeding Association, CP 157,1211 Geneva 19, Switzerland, (breastfeeding)

Carotenoid News from Human Nutrition and Dietetics, M/C 517, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1919 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL60612, USA. (carotenoids)

Child Health Dialogue from Healthlink (formerly AHRTAG), 29-35 Farringdon Rd, London EC1M 3JB, UK. Email: (control of child diseases particularly malnutrition, diarrhoea, malaria, measles and respiratory infections)

Community Eye Health from the International Centre for Eye Health, Institute of Ophthalmology, 27-29 Cayton St., London EC1V 9EJ, UK. (eye health, vitamin A deficiency)

Field Exchange from Emergency Nutrition Network, Dept Community Health & General Practice, 199 Pearse St, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland. Email: (nutrition in emergencies)

Food, Nutrition and Agriculture from Food Policy and Nutrition Division, Food and Agricultural Organization, 00100 Rome, Italy. (food, nutrition, food policy, food regulations)

IDD Newsletter from Dr J.T. Dunn, International Council for Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders, Box 511, University of Virginia Medical Centre, Charlottesville, VA 22908, USA. Email: (iodine deficiency research, policies, country reports)

I/D/E/C/G Annual Report from Executive Secretary International Dietary Energy Consultancy Group, c/o Nestle Foundation, Box 581, 1001 Lausanne, Switzerland. (activities, publications and research on dietary energy)

IFPRI Report from International Food Policy Research Institute, 1776 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20036, USA. ifpri@cgnet. com (food security, food policy, research)

Mothercare Matters from Mothercare Matters, John Snow Inc., 1616 N. Fort Myer Drive, 11th floor, Arlington, VA 22209, USA. (maternal and neonatal health/nutrition)

NFI Bulletin from Nutrition Foundation of India, 13-37 Gulmohar Park, New Delhi 110049, India. (nutrition research, programmes, India)

NU News on Health Care in Developing Countries from International Child Health Unit, University Hospital, S-751 85 Uppsala, Sweden. (health care, nutrition)

Nutrient News from National Institute of Nutrition, Tamaka, Hyderabad 500 007, India. (nutrition, India)

OMNI Update from OMNI Project, John Snow Inc., 1616 N Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA 22209, USA Email: (micronutrients, USAID projects)

PAMM Newsletter from Program against Micronutrient Malnutrition, Dept. International Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, 1518 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, Georgia 30322, USA. Email: (micronutrients, training)

RNIS (Refugee Nutrition Information System) from from ACC/Sub-Committee on Nutrition, c/o WHO, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland. Email: (nutrition of refugees and displaced people)

Safe Motherhood from Division of Family Health, World Health Organization, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland. Email: (maternal health)

SCN News from ACC/SCN, c/o WHO, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland. Email: (nutrition, UN and other agencies)

Sight & Life Newsletter from Task Force SIGHT & LIFE, PO Box 2116, 4002 Basel, Switzerland. Email: (xerophthalmia)

WHO Collaborating Centres for Nutrition Newsletter from Lifestyles & Health Unit, WHO/EURO. Scherfigsvej 8, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark. (European nutrition)

Xerophthalmia Bulletin from Dr D.S. McLaren, International Centre for Eye Health, 27 Cayton St, London EC1V 9EJ, UK. (vitamin A, vitamin A deficiency)

This list of English-language publications was compiled by Ann Burgess at the Nutrition Society, 10 Cambridge Court, 210 Shepherds Bush, London W6 7NJ, UK. Most of the publications are free of charge to people working in low income countries, but it is advisable to check before ordering. If you know of other useful, low-cost nutrition publications, the Nutrition Society will be very happy to hear from you. Please write to the Publications Committee on the Nutrition Society at the address above, or email Ann Burgess at The Nutrition Society thanks everyone who has supplied information. Further information about the Nutrition Society can be found on their website at

Included in the topics (27 reviews and 22 commentaries) covered in the first issue, are nutritional supplementation during pregnancy, and breastfeeding.

Primarily intended for use in developing countries, RHL aims to make available the most reliable and up-to-date medical information to health workers in order to promote evidence-based care in the area of reproductive health. Prior to the RHL, such information was typically scattered in numerous papers and journals, making it difficult for health practitioners to get a good overview of all the data available on a given subject. The systematic reviews included in the RHL are taken from the Cochrane Library1 and are based on data from controlled clinical trials published in major medical journals worldwide.

1 The Cochrane Library is a regularly updated electronic library designed to provide a scientific basis for informed healthcare decision making. It is available on disk and CD-ROM (email for more information). Details can be found on the web at

RHL is provided on a 3.5 inch diskette and requires no special knowledge of computers to access and read. Subscription to RHL is free of charge for health workers in developing countries. Availability in developed countries will be restricted to scientists and institutions working closely with WHO or in developing countries. It is produced jointly by HRP (the UNDP/UNFPA/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction) and RHT (WHO'S Division on Reproductive Health), in association with the Cochrane Collaboration.

For further information, and to obtain a copy of RHL, please contact Jitendra Khanna, Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction, WHO, 20 Avenue Appia, CH-1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland, Tel: 41 22 791 3345 Fax: 41 22 791 4171 Email:

Source: WHO Press Release, 4 March 1998.

ID21: a New Development Research Reporting Service

The ID21 (Information for Development in the 21st Century) development research reporting service provides access to the latest and best UK-based development research from academics, NGOs and consultants. This new online service contains hundreds of policy-relevant findings on critical global development issues. These include agriculture and rural livelihood issues, and food, water and environmental security issues. Backed by the UK Department for International Development, this Internet-based system links development research and researchers directly to policy makers and development practitioners around the world through a new website at by the Institute of Development Studies, the key feature of ID21 is a searchable online collection of short, one-page (500-word) digests of the latest social and economic research studies across 30 key topic fields.

In conjunction with this, an email newsletter is also available called ID21NEWS which provides regular updates and summaries of the latest research finding that have been added to the ID21 collection. A system whereby each digest can be automatically requested via email is currently being developed. To subscribe to ID21 NEWS, send a blank email message to: and in the subject field, write: subscribe id21news

The ID21 team would welcome any practical suggestions for making this online service more useful or accessible in the future. Please email Alistair Scott at

Nutrition Materials Available from TALC

The new Teaching-Aids at Low Cost (TALC) 1998 catalogue includes the following nutrition related materials.

State of the World's Children (1998) UNICEF £2.50
Community Nutrition for Eastern Africa (1994) Burgess & others £7.00
Nutrition Handbook for Community Workers (1993) CFNI £5.20
Helping Mothers to Breastfeed (1992) Savage King (also in Spanish) £3.00
Nutrition for Developing Countries (1992) Savage King & Burgess £9.50
Protein Energy Malnutrition (1992) Waterlow £5.00

Slide sets
Each set contains 24 slides and a script. Prices are £5.50 for self mounting sets, £7 for mounted sets and £11 for sets in a folder:
Malnutrition in an Urban Environment - revised 1997
Undenutrition in Young Children: signs and causes - revised 1997
Complementary Foods and Energy - revised 1997
Breastfeeding (also in French) -1990
Breastfeeding Problems (also in French) - revised 1993

TALC Direct Recording Scale (plastic scale, wall chart and plasticised
Child Health charts - also available in Arabic, French, Nepali, Por- tugese, Spanish and Zulu) £16.50
See How They Grow wall chart £0.60
Child Health charts (also avaiblable in above languages) £0.25
Weight for Height chart £5.25
Language stickers available in French, Portugese and Spanish £1.75
Insertion tape for measuring arm circumference (39cm) £0.25
Insertion tape for measuring head, chest and abdomen circumferences
(100cm) £1.00

For further details, or to order any of the above items, please contact TALC, PO Box 49, St Albans, AL1 5TX, UK. Tel: 441727 853869 Fax: 44 1727 846852 Email: All prices are in pounds sterling. Post and packing for books and accessories is 30% of total order surface (minimum £2.75) or 60% airmail (minimum £3.75). The price of slide sets includes surface postage. Payment by sterling cheque, Visa or Mastercard or International Money Order. Contact TALC for other methods of payment. All materials are available in English. Submitted by Ann Burgess Email: