ATLANTA, USA; AUGUST 29, 2017
On August 29, 2017, GAVA, through its core partners (Center for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC; Helen Keller International – HKI; Nutrition International – NI; and The United Nations Children’s Fund – UNICEF) hosted a technical consultation to review and discuss current approaches to assessing vitamin A status in population-based assessments. The one-day meeting held at CDC in Atlanta was attended by experts from various fields related to vitamin A deficiency, including programming, laboratory methods, and population-based surveys.
As more countries undertake population-based nutrition surveys to assess micronutrient status and the extent of deficiencies in their populations, there is an increasing need to provide updated recommendations on the selection of appropriate indicators. WHO is engaged in a multi-year process to update its recommendations for vitamin A micronutrient status indicators. As this process is ongoing, the GAVA technical consultation was convened to draft a technical brief outlining how to determine vitamin A status in population-based assessments. This brief was meant to serve as interim guidance on the biochemical assessment of vitamin A status.
The objectives of the meeting were to:
The technical brief drafted at this meeting is currently awaiting clearance by CDC.