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Important question to all involved in Planning and Implementing Nutrition Programmes

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Mija Ververs


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4 Jun 2017, 16:55

I want to look how we can create an indicator that reflects the CAPACITY of a CMAM programme (run by Govt and/or NGO) in terms of: e.g. how many children can be potentially treated for 1. SAM out-patient 2. SAM in-patient 3. MAM per week on a specific location. This has to do with HR (quality, number of staff), supplies, opening hours. Can anyone help me with ideas or has looked already into this?
Note this is different from targeted or planning figures. It has all to do with realistic potential of the programme. This might be the same as the targeted numbers, but not necessarily, esp. once the programme is running the capacity might be much more or lower.

I have the same question for IYCF and MND programmes.
Thanks so much, Mija

Mbazoa Sabine Emmanuelle

Ingenieur/Nutritionniste en Sante Publique

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9 Jun 2017, 08:46

Dear Mija,
In my humble opinion I think you raise two different issues in your message. On the issue of "indicator - capacity - program", I think you want to talk about the evaluation indicators of a community-based program for acute malnutrition, and I think there are enough, and if there is a need to create some, we must base them on those that already exist. For example, I suggest that you review the document . Now on the human resources side (quality, number of staff, etc.), I think that this is the evaluation of the community-based management of acute malnutrition itself, which will now integrate into a Conceptual framework for example, the availability and functionality of resources / inputs (personnel, equipment, etc.), the management of these inputs in the process (the appropriate use of resources according to the protocol etc.) and the results obtained at the end to assess the quality of this support. I think the same applies to Infant and Young Child Feeding, which has a standard methodology with specific recommendations in the modules for use in the community. Thank you.

Tammam Ali Mohammed Ahmed

Nutrition Specialist/ Save the Children

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11 Jan 2018, 06:39

Hi Mija,
I think this is important point before considering writing any nutrition proposal. CMAM programme, in particular, SAM part is different from other health consultations delivered in the health facility(HF). Appetite test alone may take one hour to examine but it does not mean to wait for one patient until he/she completed the test. I see one SAM case has one follow up card, and this card has both anthropocentric measurements and clinical examination that need time. Before 2015 in Yemen I was mobile team leader with tow nurses. One nurse plus 2 community health volunteer(CHVs) assigned in the triage area (taking all the anthropocentric measurements and doing the appetite test) and one nurse inside for filling the records/cards and me to examine the child and counsel the care giver. We were three plus two CHVs operating only for OTP-SAM

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