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Learning Lab: Metrics for school-aged child growth and development + Perils and pitfalls of anthropometry (in-person only)
byANH Academy
Academy Week Learning Lab
Date and Time
From: 26 June 2023, 10:45
To: 26 June 2023, 14:35 - CAT (GMT+2)
Country: Malawi
Street: Umodzi Park Chilembwe, Lilongwe, Malawi

-13.953950331269, 33.79164839411

Open Full Event Metrics for school

This is a in-person session only. It won't be available online.

[Note: this session is in two parts with lunch in between ( 12:15 to 13:05)]

Times are in CAT

Level: Basic / intermediate


Room: IBIS


The widest-used, best-known measure of nutritional status is anthropometry. This has many practical advantages for both programmes and research, but limitations are insufficiently recognised. In particular, common measures (weight-for-height; weight-for-age; height-for-age) are often:

  • Poorly interpreted

  • Misunderstood as being gold-standard measurements rather than effective but imperfect case definitions (hence malnutrition-associated mortality; morbidity and development are often neglected.)

  • The focus of different communities (e.g. humanitarian actors often focus on wasting; development actors on stunting): leading to ‘tribalism in the nutrition world. 

Our aim in this learning lab is to increase participants’ understanding of the limitations of current measures and educate them about future improved measures. An interactive and participatory session will draw on and discuss:

  1. Recent publications on these issues

  2. Evidence from a long-term outcomes project which highlights current challenges

  3. Our experience of the WHO Severe Malnutrition Guidelines process


Preparation materials 

We recommend that you visit the resources prior to attending the session. 


Note: Would you like to attend this session? Please register HERE. A survey will be sent to you via email by no later than 1 June 2023, to indicate all your preferred learning lab sessions. You can only receive the survey after you have registered.

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