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:
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.
CMN PROJECT ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE COORDINATOR:
Raquel studied Business Administration and International Trade Management. She worked for 6 years in the private sector in Finance, International trading and logistic areas in her home country, Spain. In 2007, she moved into the humanitarian sector. Her destination was Malawi, as Administrative Coordinator with ACF-ES. Then, she was the Country Manager of a Water and Sanitation program within ISF Tanzania. Currently, she she is working with the ACF-UK team. Her main strengths are capacity building, team work, leadership, flexibility and problem solving.
CMN PROJECT ASSISTANT:
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 more recently joined the inter-agency Coverage Monitoring Network (CMN) project as Project Assistant. She is responsible for much of the planning and organisation of field activities.
CMN PROJECT INTERN:
Morgan earned her MA in Politics, Security and Integration at UCL after a bachelors degree in International Relations at St. Andrews. She has since been working in programmes teams at development organisations. Morgan recently joined Action Against Hunger to help build a Coverage Monitoring Network database.
REGIONAL COVERAGE ADVISER (ACTION AGAINST HUNGER):
Uwimana has been working in the humanitarian sector since 2008. She has background in nursing and joined ACF to work on managing nutrition programmes. She has been working in different emergency and development contexts, in West Africa, South Sudan and Haïti. She has experience in project design, implementation and management, and progressively focused on monitoring and evaluation aspects, carrying out SQUEAC investigations in ACF nutrition programs. She joined the Coverage Monitoring Network to work as Regional Coverage Adviser for West and Central Africa.
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).
REGIONAL COVERAGE ADVISER (INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS):
Over the last 12 years, Melaku has worked in a variety of roles including Senior Statistician in Food Security programmes, M&E and Operational Research Officer, Nutrition Program Manager and Nutrition Cluster Coordinator. He values the opportunities that this has given him to work with different teams, including government counterparts. His interest include strategic planning, community interaction, and learning from the implementation of projects (in particular those in difficult to access, rural areas).
REGIONAL COVERAGE ADVISER (HELLEN KELLER INTERNATIONAL):
Beatriz has a masters in international public health and a bachelors degree in biology. Although she is originally from Spain, she has completed part of her studies in New Zealand and Canada. She has worked for ACF-Spain, Spanish Red Cross, and other NGOs in Cameroon, Saharawi refugee camps, Ethiopia, Lebanon and Mauritania. She has experience working in public health, emergency response and management of acute malnutrition, with focus in the design and implementation of different survey methodologies including SMART and SQUEAC investigations.
REGIONAL COVERAGE ADVISER (SAVE THE CHILDREN):
Sanjay is a public health nutritionist with a certificate in general medicine and has been working with Save the Children as Regional Coverage Adviser. He has developed good programme design, facilitation, capacity building, negotiation, documentations and nutrition situation analysis skills. He has 10 years’ experience in the field of nutrition and health with different humanitarian organisations like UNICEF, PLAN, CARE, CONCERN, MERLIN and Save the Children in both emergency and development context.
REGIONAL COVERAGE ADVISER (ACTION AGAINST HUNGER):
Inés is a public health specialist MD. She has a postgraduate course in statistics from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. She has a background of six years in the humanitarian sector and international public health. She has worked with ACF-Spain in Guinea as nutrition programme manager. She has experience in neglected tropical diseases M&E in the African region with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Additionally she has been involved in public health programmes and surveys related to HIV, malaria, NTD, travel health and gender in Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Zambia and Spain.
TECHNICAL ADVISER (SAVE THE CHILDREN):
Rachel has been working as a nutrition officer for Save the Children since completing an MSc in Public Health Nutrition at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is currently working on the introduction of a Minimum Reporting package (the MRP) as standard Reporting protocol in Emergency Feeding Programmes and was previously involved in the development of one of Save the Children’s core tools, the Cost of Diet. She has conducted Cost of Diet trainings & assessments in Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya.
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.
TECHNICAL ADVISER (ACTION AGAINST HUNGER):
Saul has a background in social anthropology and humanitarian assistance. He has been working in the humanitarian sector for almost ten years, mostly as a technical adviser for public health programmes. He currently works as the Senior Evaluations, Learning & Accountability Adviser at Action Against Hunger (UK), managing organisational learning for the ACF International Network, and supporting a number of learning and evaluation initiatives for the Global Nutrition Cluster, Global WASH Cluster and the Consortium of British Humanitarian Agencies (CBHA).