Programme coverage is one of the most useful and reliable indicators for measuring the performance of CMAM programmes. There are many indicators (e.g. cure rates, average length of stay, average weight gain) to measure effectiveness, but only coverage provides a reliable measure of impact by measuring the proportion of needs met by an intervention. The recent development of comprehensive and innovative coverage monitoring tools (including SQUEAC and SLEAC) by Valid International/Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance (FANTA) has provided the means by which to monitor programme coverage practically and easily. The real challenge is no longer what to measure or how to do so, but instead, how to make existing tools more accessible to all, maximise their utilisation at all levels of nutrition programming and effectively share results and lessons learned.
The Coverage Monitoring Network project is an inter-agency initiative to address these challenges and improve nutrition programmes through the promotion of quality coverage assessment tools, capacity building and information sharing. The project is funded by the European Commission Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) and the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) of USAID. The project is implemented by a consortium led by ACF International and including Save the Children, Concern Worldwide, International Medical Corps, Helen Keller International and Valid International.
Through a dedicated team of Regional Coverage Advisors (RECOs), the project coordinates workshops, delivers on-the-job trainings and provides remote technical support to nutrition programmes anywhere in the world. Our aim is to identify, document and share information about improving access to nutrition treatment. For more information on how the CMN project can help you, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
CMN PROJECT COORDINATOR:
Sophie Woodhead has a background in languages, more specifically Spanish and French. She joined the Action Against Hunger’s Evaluation, Learning & Accountability (ELA) Unit in 2011. Since then, she has co-edited learning papers for the Global WASH Cluster and has been working with the Coverage Monitoring Network (CMN) for the past 18 months.
REGIONAL COVERAGE ADVISER (CONCERN WORLDWIDE):
Lovely has a Master in Public Health Nutrition from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Masters in Development studies from Development Studies Center in Ireland. For the last 30 years she has worked in different areas of humanitarian and development programmes, including Nutrition, HIV & AIDS and Micro-Credit programmes. She has worked in a number of African and Asian countries including humanitarian emergency responses in Somalia (1992), Angola and Rwanda (1994) and Burundi (1997).
TECHNICAL ADVISER (ACTION AGAINST HUNGER):
Jose Luis is a Public Health Epidemiologist with a PhD in Humanitarian Medicine and International Health. He has worked for Action Against Hunger, Terre des Hommes and local NGOs monitoring and evaluating nutrition programmes in Mali, Benin, Philippines, Haiti and Pakistan. Prior to joining the humanitarian sector he worked as an assistant in Rey Juan Carlos University. Based within ACF-UK Evaluations Learning and Accountability team, he oversees the implementation of the project and provides a bridge between the Project Management Team and the Regional Coverage Monitoring Units.
TECHNICAL ADVISER (HELLEN KELLER INTERNATIONAL):
ElHadji Issakha Diop is a nutrition specialist with a Research Doctorate. He currently works for HKI as Africa Regional CMAM Coordinator and Africa Regional ARCH (Assessment and Research on Child Feeding) Coordinator. He has a long track-record of supporting CMAM programming with Valid International, as well as regional and national experience on mother and child survival programming with Helen Keller International. He has worked as an Associate Assistant at the University of Dakar, lecturing in Nutrition and Physiology of functions.
TECHNICAL ADVISER (INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS):
Caroline Abla is a public health nutritionist with over 20 years of experience in developing countries. She has lived and worked on managing primary health care and nutrition programmes in Somalia, Kenya, Rwanda, and Burundi, in addition to working on NGO management capacity building in Lebanon. Additionally, she has worked with USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster on humanitarian responses in Niger, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Darfur, South Sudan, Haiti, Somalia, and Ethiopia. At International Medical Corps, Caroline is the director of the nutrition and food security (NFS) department.
TECHNICAL ADVISER (CONCERN WORLDWIDE):
Kate Golden is Senior Nutrition Advisor at Concern Worldwide. She has been working in the field of nutrition in the developing world for ten years – including positions in Ethiopia, Darfur and South Sudan. In her current role as Senior Nutrition Advisers, she provides technical and strategic oversight to nutrition programming across Concern’s work in 23 countries. She is experienced in CMAM and its integration into existing health and community systems; promotion of infant and young child feeding; and strengthening monitoring and evaluation systems in health and nutrition programmes.