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 (CMN) is an inter-agency project 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 of agencies including Action Against Hunger | ACF International (lead agency), Concern Worldwide, Helen Keller International and International Medical Corps. In addition Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI), GOAL, International Rescue Committee, Médecins Sans Frontières, Save the Children, Valid International and World Vision sit on the project’s strategic board.
The CMN was launched in July 2012. Through a dedicated team of Regional Coverage Advisors (RECOs) the project had completed more than 100 coverage assessments across 25 countries by the start of 2014. The project also undertook numerous on-the-job and regional training sessions resulting in staff members from 44 organisations being trained on coverage assessment methodologies.
The second phase of the project, due to run until December 2015, will set out to both measure and improve the coverage of CMAM programmes in nine priority countries. The project will continue to build the capacity of organisations and government bodies to implement coverage assessments at local and national levels and deliver actionable recommendations for the improvement of CMAM coverage. It will also consolidate data collected through coverage assessments make it available on shared online platforms and set out to improve and simplify the coverage assessment methodologies.
The second phase will focus on nine priority countries including Burkina Faso, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Pakistan and South Sudan. Community Mobilisation Advisors will accompany the RECOs during the assessments to help programmes to develop context-specific strategies to promote awareness and uptake of services. More information about CMN “Phase II” is available here.
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CMN PROJECT COORDINATOR:
Sophie has been working on the CMN project since its launch in 2012. She has supported a number of coverage trainings in West, East and Central Africa as well as in Asia. She has also run national workshops in key priority countries advocating for coverage monitoring to be integrated in to nutrition programming. Based within the ACF-UK Operations Team, Sophie coordinates all activities and research projects under the CMN II.
CMN ASSISTANT COORDINATOR:
Hugh completed a Masters in International Rural Development in 2010 and has a professional background in project management and supply chain management. He previously worked as a project officer in the advocacy and campaigns department of ACF UK before moving to the CMN team in May 2014. He worked across ACF’s headquarters and missions to support the development and implementation of the international advocacy strategy. He also speaks french and has lead on the production of a number of publications.
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).
COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION ADVISER (INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS):
Melaku has over 12 years experience in providing technical and programmatic guidance in global health, nutrition, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS and behavior change communication programs in humanitarian and development settings. He previously worked at the Ministry of Health and for various NGOs in Ethiopia. From 2007 to 2014, he worked as a Public Health Officer for UNHCR in Ethiopia, Egypt, South Sudan and Yemen where he provided technical leadership and program support in public health, HIV/AIDS /reproductive health and nutrition programs. He has experience of capacity building, advocacy with partners and managing the application of data and operational research into effective interventions and programs. He has Bachelors and Masters degrees in Public Health and is fluent in English and Amharic.
REGIONAL COVERAGE ADVISER (ACTION AGAINST HUNGER):
Trenton is a nutritional epidemiologist. He recently completed a specialized Master of Public Health in epidemiology and humanitarian health at L’École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique (EHESP) in Paris. Since graduation, Trenton has worked as a technical consultant providing support for coverage assessments in Mali, Cameroon and Chad. He has worked with a variety of international NGOs including the French Red Cross, Première Urgence – Aide Médicale Internationale, Cooperazione Internazionale, Action Against Hunger and UNICEF. His background is in neurobiological sciences and French translation.
COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION ADVISER (ACTION AGAINST HUNGER):
Lenka has a background in sociocultural studies and languages. Building on her previous experience in project and cluster coordination and a distinct passion for leadership capacity-building, she has specialized in community mobilisation and community development. She has worked for a variety of humanitarian actors, notably the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, in Peru, Bangladesh, Haiti and DR Congo.
REGIONAL COVERAGE ADVISER (HELEN KELLER INTERNATIONAL):
Aziz holds a masters degree in Nutrition in Developing Counties from the University of Montpellier in France. He has been working as a Nutrition specialist and community mobilization adviser since 2011. Prior to joining HKI, Aziz worked with ACF as a CMAM project manager in Matam, Senegal and with GRET as technical assistant in Boghe, Mauritania. He also has field experience of conducting surveys in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso.
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.
TECHNICAL ADVISER (CONCERN WORLDWIDE)
Regine has a masters degree in nutrition and an advanced degree in rural development. She has experience of implementing numerous nutrition programmes with Concern in Afghanistan, Malawi and Nepal and with UNICEF in Somalia. Since 2010 she has been working as a nutrition adviser in head office of Concern Worldwide in Dublin. She has extensive experience in the integration of CMAM into government health services, the prevention of undernutrition through behaviour change and multi-sectoral approaches (particularly the linkages between agriculture and nutrition), gender and nutrition and WASH and nutrition.
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.