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Rapid Nutrition Assessment - Questionnaire for key informants working in emergencies, 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, pregnant and 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 key informants working with displaced populations (such as shelter managers/workers), who are key informants about the situation of children and women in the shelters. The module comprises 7 key questions that will permit to obtain the following information:

Presence of vulnerable groups at risk of undernutrition
Report of feeding difficulties
Potential support givers
Reports of infant formula donations or untargeted distributions
Report of feeding and eating situation of vulnerable groups
Report of situation related to water, sanitation and hygiene
Report of nutrition and health conditions, and death



The 8 questions are meant to provide informan overall picture of the food and nutrition situation of displaced populations and 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. mothers, families) or observations (see observation guide).

Operation(s)/Espace(s) web: 
Group for Nutrition Resilience (Latin America and Caribbean)
Date de publication initiale: 
28 nov 2018
Type de document: 
Document Technique
Alimentation du Nourrisson et du Jeune Enfant