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NutVal 4 Training Presentation Now Available in French

10 March 2016
We are pleased to let you know that the Power Point training presentation on using NutVal 4 is now available in French. Many thanks to Pascale Delchevalerie at MSF for providing the translation. The French and, a very slightly revised, English version of the training presentation are available from the Downloads page.

The training presentations take users through the main features found in version 4 and includes exercises and answers to help people understand what NutVal can do and where to find the information they may require.

The presentation is designed for use with Microsoft Power Point 2010 and later versions. As ever, please do feedback on any suggestions for improvements. Merci!

NutVal 4.1 Released

22nd December2015 
NutVal 4.1 is now available for download from the downloads page. This new release contains a number of enhancements and we hope you will find it useful in your food assistance work.
    What's new in NutVal Version 4.1
    • Minor corrections to help file text and navigation buttons have been made to improve clarity, and formatting on the Logistics Calculator sheet has been improved.
    • New foods have been added in response to requests from users. These include the WFP, USAID/USDA, and Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institute (BSTI), specifications for fortified rice; Tahini, Yoghurt, and Herbs. As usual, specifications are indicted in the food database by adding the name of the specifying organisation in square brackets [ ]. Alternative names for foods are indicated using round brackets ( ). The use of different text colours to distinguish specifications from food composition data has been discontinued.
    • Special nutritional products such as RUSF, RUTF, MNP, and LNS are now listed under a new food group called SPEC. NUTR. PROD, rather than being included in the MICELLANEOUS group. Fortified blended foods are still listed under the BLENDED FOODS group.
    • Dietary Folate Equivalent (DFE) values for some special nutritional products have been updated.
    • Changes in fat requirements for young children: In NutVal 4.0 the nutritional requirements of additional age groups were introduced. These included 6-23, 24-59, and 6-59 months. Fat requirements were calculated for all groups according to UNHCR/UNUCEF/WFP/WHO (2002), i.e. as the % of energy that should be supplied from fat. For the general population the minimum percentage is specified as 17%, for pregnant and lactating women it is 20%, and for young children it is 30%. In NutVal 4.0 the definition of young child was taken as 6-23 months, as this was consistent with WHO definitions used in work on infant and young child feeding. However, this resulted in the fat requirements for these age groups being less than recommended by various expert committees. In NutVal 4.1 it has been decided, for the purposes of calculating fat requirements, to define a 'young child' as aged between 6 and 59 months. This results in an increase in the fat requirements for these age groups and these higher requirement figures are included in NutVal 4.1.
    • Data saving: A bug which prevented the saving of nutrient values entered by the user on the calculation sheet has been fixed.
      Please continue to provide feedback and report any bugs so we can continue to improve NutVal for nutrition programming. Thanks!

      Updated NutVal Training Presentation Available

      16th October 2015
      We are pleased to let NutVal users know that an updated training PowerPoint presentation is now available. The new file (version date 13.10.2015) was updated to take into account a change in the MNP formulations that are contained in the NutVal 4.0 database. The rest of the presentations remains the same.

      Please use the updated version to avoid potential confusion when working through the training exercises. The new file can be downloaded from the Downloads page.