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Malnutrition treatment to become a core competency
  1. Claire Schofield1,
  2. Ann Ashworth1,
  3. Reginald Annan2,
  4. Alan A Jackson3
  1. 1Department of Nutrition and Public Health Intervention Research, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK
  2. 2Institute of Human Nutrition, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
  3. 3NIHR Nutrition Biomedical Research Unit, Institute of Human Nutrition, University of Southampton and Southampton Universities NHS Trust, Southampton, UK
  1. Correspondence to Claire Schofield, Department of Nutrition and Public Health Intervention Research, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT, UK; claire.schofield{at}


The International Pediatric Association has resolved that the identification and treatment of severe malnutrition should be a core competency for paediatricians and related health professionals worldwide. The Resolution is in response to the urgent need to reduce deaths and disability among young children. The Resolution has implications for the training of doctors, nurses and other health workers as current curricula are often insufficient to confer competency. Results of a survey of national paediatric societies suggest that training institutions need assistance in teaching about malnutrition treatment. Formation of national multidisciplinary teams for advocacy, strategic planning and action are proposed and it is anticipated that paediatricians will play a major role.

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  • Funding This report was funded by the International Malnutrition Task Force.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.