1) According to the WHO/UNICEF guidance (see below), sweet beverages include:
‑ commercially produced and packaged, sweetened beverages such as soda pop, fruit-flavoured drinks, sports drinks, chocolate and other flavoured milk drinks, malt drinks, etc.
- 100% fruit juice as well as fruit-flavoured drinks, whether made at home, by informal vendors or packaged in cans, bottles, boxes, sachets, etc.
- home-made drinks of any kind to which sweeteners (e.g. sugar, honey, syrup, flavoured powders) have been added.
It is very important that the enumerators are trained on what would and wouldn’t count as a “sweet beverage”. The training needs to cover a maximum number of the most common types of local beverages.
2) If a large proportion of the sweet drinks that children consume is purchased, the data might be prone to seasonal differences, as income and purchasing power of many families vary throughout the year. Do your best to collect baseline and endline data from the same time of year; otherwise, you will receive two sets of data which are not comparable.
3) If the caregiver is taking care of two children aged 6 - 23 months (from the same household) and household sampling has been used, then data should be collected for both children. If a list method has been used and children have been identified as the primary sampling unit, then data should only be collected for the sampled child.
4) This indicator relies on accurate age assessment. Since people often do not remember the exact dates of their children’s birth, the enumerators should always verify the child’s age. This can be done by reviewing the child’s birth certificate, vaccination card or other document; however, since many caregivers do not have such documents (and since they can include mistakes), it is essential that the enumerators are able to verify the child’s age by using local events calendars. Read FAO’s Guidelines (see below) to learn how to prepare local events calendars and how to train enumerators in their correct use.