Supporting the development, implementation, monitoring and assessment of national nutrition policies and progammes is one of the core activities of the WHO Department of Nutrition and Food Safety (NFS). Monitoring of country progress is being done through the use of the Global database on the Implementation of Nutrition Action (GINA), which was developed and launched in 2012 with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. GINA builds on the former WHO Global Database on National Nutrition Policies and Programmes developed after the 1st International Conference on Nutrition in 1992. GINA, in turn, is informed by WHO’s periodically conducted global policy reviews, routine policy monitoring activities in collaboration with Regional and Country Offices as well as by partners’ databases.
GINA provides a repository of policies, actions and mechanisms related to nutrition. It is an interactive platform for sharing standardized information on nutrition policies and action, i.e. what are the commitments made and who is doing what, where, when, why and how (including lessons learnt). Users can apply this tool to: