Nutrition for Developing Countries (3rd edition)

ISBN : 9780199685226

Felicity Savage-King; Ann Burgess; Victoria J. Quinn; Akoto K. Osei
400 ページ
193 x 246 mm

Highly Commended in the Public Health category of the British Medical Association Book Awards 2016.


  • Drawn from the experiences of an international editor team with extensive field experience.
  • Explains in clear simple language, and practical detail, how nutrition workers can help families with nutrition problems, including many ideas for exercises for training nutrition workers.

New to this Edition:

  • Fully revised and updated to include important developments in the area of nutrition, including the rise in 'non-communicable diseases' in the developing world, new understanding of the links between nutrition and HIV/AIDS, and the realisation of the prime importance of the first 1000 days of life.
  • The new edition covers in more detail, the nutrition-related management of non-communicable diseases; how to feed children exposed to HIV and people with HIV/AIDS; the essential nutrition actions that improve health and survival, and the strategies that reach key target groups (e.g. women and children under two) during critical times during the life-cycle; and optimal nutrition practices for girls and women.

Nutrition is an essential component of the work of all health and community workers, including those involved in humanitarian assistance, and yet it is often neglected in their basic training. Drawn from the experiences of an international editor team with extensive field experience, Nutrition for Developing Countries brings together the essential basics of nutrition in an easily accessible form which is accurate, up-to-date and practical, and suitable for a wide range of readers at different levels. The book covers the whole life cycle, including pregnancy, breastfeeding, complementary feeding, older children, adolescents, adults and the elderly, with an emphasis on the most vulnerable women and children. 
The fully revised and updated edition addresses both the long standing problems of undernutrition and malnutrition, and the growing epidemic of overnutrition and obesity, which are responsible for the rapid increase in non-communicable diseases of later life. Generously illustrated, Nutrition for Developing Countries explains in clear simple language, and practical detail, how nutrition workers can help families with nutrition problems, including many ideas for exercises for training nutrition workers.


1: Let's get started, Jennifer N. Nielsen and Victoria J. Quinn
2: Nutrients and how the body uses them, Tendekayi Henry Gadaga and Ann Burgess
3: Macronutrients, water and energy, Tendekayi Henry Gadaga and Ann Burgess
4: Micronutrients, Jessica Blankenship and Louise Sserunjogi
5: Foods, food groups and food paths, Joyce Kinabo, Mawuli Sablah, and Ann Burgess
6: Processing and fortifying foods, Tendekayi Henry Gadaga and Mawuli Sablah
7: Keeping food safe and clean, Tendekayi Henry Gadaga and Daisy R. Nyaga
8: Buying food, nn Burgess and Helena Pachón
9: Feeding the household, Judith Kimiywe, Nicki Connell and Ann Burgess
10: Breastfeeding, Felicity Savage King, Jennifer N. Nielsen and Pooja Pandey Rana
11: Feeding from age six months to five years, Jennifer N. Nielsen, Pooja Pandey Rana and Victoria J. Quinn
12: Good nutrition for school-age children, adolescents and adults, Elizabeth Kamau-Mbuthia, Judith Kimiywe and Andrew Hall
13: Feeding sick people, especially children, Andrew Tomkins and Frederick Grant
14: Understanding malnutrition, Victoria J. Quinn and Jennifer N. Nielsen
15: Using body measurements to assess nutrition, Frederick Grant and Ann Burgess
16: Malnutrition in young children, Akoto K. Osei, Frederick Grant and Elhadji Issakha Diop
17: Severe acute malnutrition, Frederick Grant, Martin Nankap and Elhadji Issakha Diop
18: Malnutrition in adolescent girls and women, Jillian L. Waid and Ann Burgess
19: Malnutrition in school-age children, adolescent boys, men and old people, Elizabeth Kamau-Mbuthia and Andrew Hall
20: Vitamin A deficiency, Jessica Blankenship, Nancy J. Haselow, and Shawn K. Baker
21: Iron deficiency and anaemia, Akoto K. Osei and Martin Nankap
22: Iodine, zinc and other micronutrient deficiencies, Jessica Blankenship and Andrew Seal
23: Obesity and other nutrition-related non-communicable diseases, Hélène Delisle
24: Diabetes - overview and nutritional management, Chittaranjan Yajnik, and Shilpa Joshi
25: Overview of community nutrition actions, Jennifer N. Nielsen, Martin Nankap and Pooja Pandey Rana
26: Improving household food security, Aminuzzaman Talukder, Frederick Grant and Ann Burgess
27: Improving community nutrition, care and health, Jennifer N. Nielsen and Pooja Pandey Rana
28: Working with communities and households, Charity Dirorimwe, Pooja Pandey Rana and Ann Burgess
29: Helping people learn about nutrition, Jennifer N. Nielsen, Pooja Pandey Rana and Martin Nankap
30: Nutrition in schools, Ann Burgess and Andrew Hall
31: Training for nutrition, Manisha Thanary
Appendix 1. Recommended energy and nutrient intakes
Appendix 2 Food composition tables
Appendix 3. Sources of selected nutrients
Appendix 4. Basic anthropometric information
Appendix 5. Keeping up-to-date
Appendix 6: Key actions to prevent the double burden of malnutrition


Edited by Felicity Savage King, Senior Lecturer, UCL Institute of Child Health, London, UK, Ann Burgess, Freelance Nutrition Consultant, Edinburgh, UK, Victoria J. Quinn, Senior Vice President-Programs and Vice President-Nutrition, Helen Keller International, Washington, USA, and Akoto K. Osei, Regional Nutrition Adviser, Helen Keller International, Asia Pacific Regional Office, Cambodia
Felicity Savage King graduated in medicine from the University of Oxford in 1964, specialising in child health. From 1966-1972 she was Medical Officer and Researcher in Child Health in Lusaka, Zambia, then from 1972-1977 worked in Surabaya, Indonesia, before going to work in Nyeri, Kenya from 1979-1984. Felicity was a part-time Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Child Health, London from 1978 - 2011 and was Founding Director of the Masters level course "Breastfeeding Practice and Policy " at the Institute of Child Health from 1992. During 1993-2001 she was a Medical Officer, Department of Child Health for the World Health Organization responsible for breastfeeding training and contributing to development of WHO/UNICEF Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative and Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding. Felicity has been a member of the Steering Committee of World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action from 2002, and Chairperson of WABA since 2005.
Ann Burgess graduated in nutrition from the University of London in 1957, and then worked in the Medical Research Unit , and with Makerere University in Uganda, and later until 1971 with the Ministries of Health in Tanzania and Malawi. Ann completed her Masters in Public Health from University of the Philippines in 1975 and was a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in nutrition at Institute of Public Health at the University of Philippines from 1975-78. From 1978-1985 Ann was part-time consultant for FAO, WFP, UNESCO, UNICEF and the University of Nairobi in Rome, East Africa, Gambia, and Nigeria. Since 1985 Ann has been a short-term consult for FAO, WHO, UNICEF and various universities and INGOs (including TALC) in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, and Ghana (lecturing, and developing materials) and is editorial advisor to the South Sudan Medical Journal.
Victoria J. Quinn received her BSc in Nutritional Sciences (highest honours) from the University of California, Berkeley in 1979 and her Masters of Science (honours) in International Nutrition from Cornell University in 1982. In 2005 she earned her PhD in Nutrition from Wageningen University, The Netherlands. From 1982-1991 Victoria was based in eastern and southern Africa as Cornell's Regional Coordinator of the Nutritional Surveillance Programme with UNICEF. From 1993-1998 she lived in West Africa working as a nutrition consultant. In 1998 she moved to Washington D.C. to serve as the Senior Technical Manager overseeing the LINKAGES Projects broad-scale infant feeding programs in Africa and Latin America. In 2006 Victoria joined Helen Keller International as Senior Vice President of Programs. She was awarded the Chevalier l'Ordre National Malgache by the Government of Madagascar in 2004, and appointed Adjunct Associate Professor of Nutrition at Tufts University in 2007.
Akoto Osei graduated with a BSc in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Ghana in 2000 then went on to complete a masters in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition (2004), and PhD in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition (with minor in Nutrition Epidemiology) from Tufts University in 2009. Akoto also have a two year masters level training in Humanitarian Assistance in Complex Emergencies. Akoto is currently a nutrition specialist for the African Union Commission and was Asia Pacific Regional Nutrition Adviser for Helen Keller International from 2009-2014. Akoto has also been a consultant for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Sudan in 2008 and for the Micronutrient Initiative and World Food Program in India from 2007-2008. Akoto has published several articles, book chapters, and presented papers at various nutrition conferences.
Shawn K. Baker
Helen Keller International
Africa Regional Office
Dakar, Senegal and 
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 
Seattle, WA, USA

Jessica Blankenship
Helen Keller International
Africa Sub-Regional Office
Nairobi, Kenya

Ann Burgess
Nutrition Consultant
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Nicki Connell
Save the Children US
London, UK

Hélène Delisle
Department of Nutrition, 
Faculty of Medicine
University of Montreal
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Elhadji I. Diop 
Helen Keller International
Africa Regional Office
Dakar, Senegal

Charity Dirorimwe
Nutrition Consultant
Harare, Zimbabwe

Tendekayi H. Gadaga 
Department of Environmental Health Science
University of Swaziland
Mbabane, Swaziland

Frederick Grant
Helen Keller International
Africa Regional Office
Dakar, Senegal

Andrew Hall
Save the Children
London, UK

Nancy J. Haselow
Helen Keller International
Asia Pacific Regional Office 
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Shilpa Joshi
Mumbai Diet and Health Centre
Bandra, Mumbai, India. 

Elizabeth Kamau-Mbuthia
Department of Human Nutrition
Egerton University
Egerton, Kenya

Judith Kimiywe
School of Applied Human Sciences
Kenyatta University
Nairobi, Kenya

Joyce Kinabo
Department of Food Science and Technology
Sokoine University of Agriculture
Morogoro, Tanzania

Zohra Lukmanji
Public Health Nutrition/Dietetic Consultant
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Martin Nankap 
Helen Keller International
Yaoundé, Cameroun

Jennifer N. Nielsen 
Helen Keller International
New York, NY, USA

Daisy R. Nyaga 
Nutrition Consultant 
Nairobi, Kenya

Akoto K. Osei 
Helen Keller International
Asia Pacific Regional Office, 
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Helena Pachón
Rollins School of Public Health
Emory University
Atlanta, GA, USA

Pooja Pandey Rana 
Helen Keller International
Kathmandu, Nepal

Victoria J. Quinn 
Helen Keller International 
Washington, DC, USA

Andrew Seal
Nutrition in Crisis Research Group
Institute for Global Health
University College
London, UK

Mawuli Sablah 
Helen Keller International
Africa Regional Office
Dakar, Senegal

Felicity Savage King
Child Health Consultant
Leeds, UK

Louise Sserunjogi 
Nutrition Consultant
Kampala, Uganda 

Aminuzzaman Talukder 
Helen Keller International
Toronto, Canada

Manisha Tharaney
Helen Keller International
Washington DC, USA

Andrew Tomkins
Institute for Global Health
University College
London, UK

Jillian L. Waid
Helen Keller International
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Chittaranjan Yajnik
Diabetes Unit
King Edward Memorial Hospital and Research Centre
Pune, India

"This book is a very good resource for training purposes especially to those new to the field of nutrition and also serves as a refresher for those already in the field." - Professor Francis Zotor, President of the African Nutrition Society

"[Nutrition for Developing Countries]. . . brings together the essentials of nutrition in a way which is accurate, up-to-date, and suitable for a wide range of readers." - Jonathan Steffen, Sight and Life Magazine