The current landscape of research on World Health Assembly targets in West Africa: two interdependent review outputs: Review protocol

The Transform Nutrition West Africa project is a regional platform that aims to improve and support policy and program decisions and actions to accelerate reductions in maternal and child undernutrition through an inclusive process of knowledge generation and mobilization. Recognizing that knowledge is derived from evidence and experience, TNWA takes a ‘knowledge for action’ approach. As such, TNWA focuses on strengthening the latter stages of the data value chain (namely analysis, translation, and dissemination for decision-making). TNWA applies evidence synthesis approaches to identify best practices on topics as prioritized by regional stakeholders. Through a regional consultation with different stakeholders (researchers, NGOs, civil society, private sector, government, UN, donor agencies) from various sectors, key priorities for future action in the region were identified. These included capturing, documenting, and learning from implementation experiences, and accelerating equitable program coverage of mother, infant and young child interventions at scale. They specifically identified the need for a better understanding of the available evidence on the World health Assembly (WHA) targets, including a broad range of multi-faceted and multiple interventions for both U5 and WRA, and addressing various nutritional outcomes across the West African region. The output of this review will inform various stakeholders active in the region; consultations will ensure that results are fit for purpose.