Introduction to Malnutrition in Humanitarian Action


March 2021

In this overview course, you will learn the basics of malnutrition, anthropometry and realimentation after food abstinence or reduced food intake in humanitarian aid. Based on case studies, concepts are introduced and you can actively deal with different situations. Almost half a billion people worldwide are malnourished and about half of all infant deaths worldwide are related to severe malnutrition. The term malnutrition encompasses both caloric undernutrition and overnutrition as well as malnutrition of trace elements and vitamins. In this course we first look at the biological basics of energy metabolism and starvation metabolism in order to build on this to understand the clinical manifestations and long-term consequences of malnutrition and to be able to derive the right conclusions for nutrition therapy and sustainable food security.

The course language is English and the training from 10:00 to 17:15 includes regular breaks.

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You will learn

energy metabolism, role of proteins and micronutrients

protein-energy and micronutrient deficiency

chronic and acute severe malnutrition in children and adults

individual clinical signs and methods of anthropometry and nutritional epidemiology

community based or hospital based management of malnutrition

realimentation, refeeding syndrome, ready-to-use therapeutic food

the role of food security, food safety, food sovereignty, supplementation und biodiversity

calculation of nutritional value and rations (nutval)

Target group

People interested in and young professionals in the field of humanitarian action

People with work experiece in the humanitarian action or nutrition councelling with little knowlege in malnutrition


10:00 - 10:45

Energy Metabolism, Role of Proteins and Micronutrients

11:00 - 11:45

Protein-Energy and Micronutrient Deficiency

12:00 - 12:45

Methods of Anthropometry and Nutritional Epidemiology

13:30 - 14:15

Chronic and Acute Severe Malnutrition in Children and Adults

14:30 - 15:15

Realimentation, Refeeding Syndrome, Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food

15:30 - 16:15

The Role of Food Security, Food Safety, Food Sovereignty, Supplementation und Biodiversity

16:30 - 17:15

Calculation of Nutritional Value and Rations (Nutval)

Prof. Dr. med. Joachim Gardemann


Prof. Dr. med. Joachim Gardemann, Head of Centre of Competence for Humanitarian Action, Münster University of Applied Sciences

Joachim Gardemann is medical doctor, consultant in paediatrics, consultant in public health medicine and master of public health. Since 1994 he is volunteering as medical officer in the Emergency Response Units (ERU) of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (IFRC and ICRC).



12.3.2021 - 12.3.2021

5 hours of training

Online Event

Maximum of 25 attendees

4 of 12 required registration for this course. You will be informed after registration. Share this course with friends and colleagues to make sure it will be carried out.

ProviderThis training is organized by Centre of Competence for Humanitarian Relief, Münster University of Applied Sciences