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close this bookDelivery of Oral Doses of Vitamin A Deficiency and Nutritional Blindness: A State-of-the-art Review - Nutrition policy discussion paper No. 2 (UNSSCN, 1987, 120 p.)
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View the documentUNITED NATIONS - ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE ON COORDINATION - SUBCOMMITTEE ON NUTRITION (ACC/SCN)
View the documentACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
View the documentFOREWORD
View the documentINTRODUCTION AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS
View the documentCONCLUSIONS AND SUMMARY
Open this folder and view contents1. INTRODUCTION
Open this folder and view contents2. EFFICACY OF ORAL VITAMIN A
Open this folder and view contents3. VITAMIN A DELIVERY SYSTEMS
Open this folder and view contents4. MEASURES OF DELIVERY PROGRAMME EFFECTIVENESS
Open this folder and view contents5. POPULATION COVERAGE
Open this folder and view contents6. PROGRAMME CHARACTERISTICS
Open this folder and view contents7. PROGRAMME ECONOMICS
View the documentREFERENCES AND NOTES
View the documentALTERNATIVE STRATEGIES WITH EMPHASIS ON FOOD FORTIFICATION
View the documentCOMMENTS ON VITAMIN A SUPPLEMENTATION
View the documentCURRENTLY AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGIES IN INDIA TO COMBAT VITAMIN A MALNUTRITION
View the documentPROGRAMMATIC ISSUES IN VITAMIN A DOSE DELIVERY
View the documentDELIVERY OF LARGE DOSES OF VITAMIN A

UNITED NATIONS - ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE ON COORDINATION - SUBCOMMITTEE ON NUTRITION (ACC/SCN)

The ACC/SCN is the focal point for harmonizing the policies and activities in nutrition of the United Nations system. The Administrative Committee on Coordination (ACC), which is comprised of the heads of the UN Agencies, recommended the establishment of the Sub-Committee on Nutrition in 1977, following the World Food Conference (with particular reference to Resolution V on food and nutrition). This was approved by the Economic and Social Council of the UN (ECOSOC). The role of the SCN is to serve as a coordinating mechanism, for exchange of information and technical guidance, and to act dynamically to help the UN respond to nutritional problems.

The UN members of the SCN are FAO, IAEA, IFAD, ILO, UN, UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNRISD, UNU, WFC, WFP, WHO and the World Bank. From the outset, representatives of bilateral donor agencies have participated actively in SCN activities. The SCN is assisted by the Advisory Group on Nutrition (AGN), with six to eight experienced individuals drawn from relevant disciplines and with wide geographical representation. The Secretariat is hosted by WHO in Geneva.

The SCN undertakes a range of activities to meet its mandate. Annual meetings have representation from the concerned UN agencies, from 10 to 20 donor agencies, the AGN, as well as invitees on specific topics; these meetings begin with symposia on subjects of current importance for policy. The SCN brings certain such matters to the attention of the ACC. The SCN sponsors working groups on inter-sectoral and sector-specific topics.

The SCN compiles and disseminates information on nutrition, reflecting the shared views of the agencies concerned. Regular reports on the world nutrition situation are issued, and flows of external resources to address nutrition problems are assessed. State-of-the-Art papers are produced to summarize current knowledge on selected topics. SCN News is normally published twice per year. As decided by the Sub-Committee, initiatives are taken to promote coordinated activities - inter-agency programmes, meetings, publications - aimed at reducing malnutrition, primarily in developing countries.