The Analytical Framework for COVID-19 and nutrition
Since the COVID-19 pandemic spread in early 2020, it has repeatedly highlighted the numerous direct and indirect impacts of the pandemic and other shocks on nutrition. For example, restrictions on public mobility, declines in global trade and economic activity, curtailed access to services and reduced care seeking behaviors due to fear of COVID-19 infection — combined with the diversion of resources to the COVID-19 response — quickly disrupted the flow of day-to-day life in ways that directly and indirectly affect nutritional outcomes for children and adults.
Several conceptual models linking COVID-19 with nutrition outcomes were published over the last 2 years but a framework that captured the full multi-sectoral nature of nutrition was missing. The UNICEF-USAID-WHO Agile Core Team for Nutrition Monitoring (ACT-NM) has developed a comprehensive Analytical Framework that captures the full range of factors that can affect nutrition outcomes in children and adults.