In the report itself, the introduction and the methodology sections are followed by selected key findings in order to impart a global picture of the current situation in the country. The Appendix includes the Training Manual containing the Questionnaires that were developed specifically for and used in the survey, together with the training details that all the coordinators, team leaders and field workers received prior to the implementation of the survey. The directors of the NFCS-(FB) have agreed that the results of the survey will also be published in peer reviewed scientific journals.
This survey was commissioned by the South African Department of Health. The financial support of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) provided though UNICEF, with inputs from the Department of Health, the National Fortification Alliance and the Micronutrient Initiative is gratefully acknowledged.
In 1999 the first ever National Food Consumption Survey (NFCS) was undertaken in 1-9 year old children (n = 2894). The mothers / caregivers of the children were interviewed and information was obtained on the children's growth, dietary intake, procurement patterns and food inventories as well as the prevalence of hunger. This study provided the Department of Health (DOH) for the first time with vital information about the nutritional status of children and the foods eaten and purchased by households in South Africa. Based on this, the DOH was able to develop and implement strategies to address malnutrition in children.
Knowledge, Attitude and Behaviour (KAB) on Food Fortification and Nutrition
Selected micronutrient status
Nutrition Surveillance in South Africa
Human Resources of the Integrated