1) The cut-off points for moderate stunting are lower than -2 but higher than -3 SD; for severe stunting below -3 SD.
2) Reducing the prevalence of chronic undernutrition takes at least 4-5 years of a well-designed, multi-sectoral effort. Do not use this indicator for projects which are too short or do not target most of the key causes of chronic undernutrition.
3) This indicator relies on accurate age assessment. Since people often do not remember the exact dates of their children’s birth, the data collectors should always verify the child’s age. This can be done by reviewing the child’s birth certificate, vaccination card or another document; however, since many caregivers do not have such documents (and since they can include mistakes), it is essential that your data collectors 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 data collectors in their correct use.
4) Always make sure that you understand and follow the local Ministry of Health's official guidance for conducting anthropometric surveys (e.g. regarding submitting a survey proposal for approval; reporting formats; use of 1977 NCHS versus 2006 WHO growth standards/ MUAC cut-off points; etc.).
5) With a larger team of enumerators (8-10 people), data collection for SMART surveys usually takes about 10 - 15 working days. Training takes 6 days (incl. piloting and standardisation test); further time is required for preparing the methodology,