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Rapid Nutrition Assessment - Questionnaire for mothers and caregivers, GRIN-LAC 2018


The present document provides guidance on key information to collect in relation to the food and nutrition situation of displaced populations that are at high risk of undernutrition in emergencies: Children under 6 months, children 6-24 months, lactating women (including adolescents).

This rapid assessment does not require any medical or nutrition training, or observation of breastfeeding. Questions are meant to be answered by mothers and caregivers with children under 2, who can provide information about feeding practices of the child, her own health and nutrition, and factors that could affect feeding practices. The module comprises 7 key questions that will permit to obtain the following information:

Age-appropriate feeding: intake of foods and liquids in the last 24 hours to evaluate if feeding is age-appropriate, breastfeeding ease, and complementary feeding practices (dietary diversity and meal frequency)
Baby´s nutrition and health condition
Reports of infant formula donations or untargeted distributions
Elements related to breastfeeding
Elements related to complementary feeding (feeding children older than 6 months with foods other than breastmilk)
Elements related to nutrition of lactating women
Report of situation related to water, sanitation and hygiene



The 7 questions are meant to provide information about feeding practices and nutrition and health conditions of the child and the mother, and about some aspects of the food and nutrition situation of displaced populations that can help to identify risks that may lead to undernutrition. The module should be administered at the early stages of a humanitarian crisis to assess acute needs and difficulties that expose children at greatest risk to inform strategic decisions and an adequate nutrition response.



Any government entity, NGO, UN agency or other who would like or is responsible to assess the food and nutrition of vulnerable groups and/or displaced populations in humanitarian crises can use this questionnaire to interview key informants working with displaced populations (such a shelter managers/workers). It is suggested that the questionnaire is reviewed, adapted to the local language and tested to ensure understandability of questions. Community workers or personnel who will administer the adapted questionnaire should be trained on its use. Guidance on how to interpret the data collected can be found in annex. It is encouraged to use this information in writing the report on the nutrition situation and suggesting actions to address main risks. It is also suggested to triangulate the information collected with other sources of information, such as interviews with personnel working with vulnerable populations (e.g. shelter managers/workers) or observations (see observation guide).

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
Group for Nutrition Resilience (Latin America and Caribbean)
Original Publication Date: 
28 Nov 2018
Document type: 
Technical Document
Infant and Young Child Feeding