Manual/Handbook/Guide

UNHCR Nutrition in Camps

Published by
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Published
Topic(s)
Humanitarian Sectors - Nutrition
Forced Displacement - Refugees
Emergency

Food security and nutrition interventions in camps aim to improve the immediate food security and nutritional well-being of refugees, mainly by tackling the immediate and underlying causes of malnutrition. A person's nutritional status is highly influenced by his or her environment, water sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and shelter. Where these are inadequate, risk of malnutrition increases.

This guide provides instruction on nutrition provision in camps. Nutrition interventions aim to prevent malnutrition in the refugee population, especially among women, young children and other groups with specific needs; to identify, refer and treat malnutrition in individuals; and to monitor the nutrition situation in camps. The food security and nutrition sectors work closely with the livelihoods sector to find longer term solutions, promote self-reliance, and improve nutrition opportunities.