Health Care for ECD
WHO child growth standards: training course on child growth assessment

A WHO course teaches the skills and knowledge needed to measure the weight and length/height of children, assess growth in relation to the new growth standards, and counsel mothers about growth and feeding.  

Who is it for? 

For use by health care providers who measure and assess the growth of children or supervise these activities, such as paediatricians, family practice physicians, nurses, clinical officers, health assistants, and nutritionists working in the public and private sectors. 

Why is it useful? 

  • Basic growth assessment involves measuring a child’s weight and length or height and comparing these measurements to growth standards. The purpose is to determine whether a child is growing “normally” or has a growth problem or trend towards a growth problem that should be addressed; 
  • Correct measurement, plotting, and interpretation are essential for identifying growth problems. The course teaches how to assess child growth.  
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