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Nutrition and food donation policy in Red Cross and Red Crescent emergency operations

31-12-1986 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 256

25th International Conference of the Red Cross, Geneva, 23 to 31 October 1986, Resolution 18

Twenty-fifth International Conference of the Red Cross,

 aware that the physical and mental health of victims is affected by any emergency,

 recalling that malnutrition is often one of the major problems identified during health assessments following emergencies,

 recognizing that, since the factors which affect nutrition are many and complex and food distribution alone is not always the most appropriate response to nutritional problems, a professional approach is essential,

 recognizing further that maximum advantage must be derived from available manpower and resources,

 1. recommends that all Red Cross and Red Crescent nutritional programmes be integrated into the general health programme adapted specifically to each emergency operation,

 2. recommends that any Red Cross and Red Crescent nutritional response, including food distribution, be undertaken within the framework of a clearly established Red Cross and Red Crescent nutritional programme which is effectively planned, monitored and evaluated,

 3. urges that all nutritional programmes of the ICRC, the League and National Societies be developed in accordance with the Nutrition andfood  donation policy in Red Cross and Red Crescent emergency operations and be established under the guidance of nutritionists,

 4. recommends that each government participating in food distribution and other nutritional activities through ICRC/League emergency operations, or on a bilateral basis with a National Society, take full account of the Nutrition and food donation policy in Red Cross and Red Crescent  emergency operations.  




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