19/09/2014 by Hugh Lort-Phillips
After supporting a SQUEAC assessment in Tanout in Niger in July 2014, the Coverage Monitoring Network has published its first community mobilisation assessment report. The report sets out a community mobilisation strategy for the CMAM programme (operated by the French Red Cross) in the district which is located in the Zinder region.
The community mobilisation assessment took place at the same time as the SQUEAC assessment and provided insights into key community figures, formal and informal communication channels, community health-seeking practices and perceptions and barriers and boosters to accessing SAM services in the district. Melaku Dessie, one of the CMN's three community mobilisation experts, carried out the assessment, trained staff in the programme and wrote the report.
The joint plan of action on community mobilisation and SAM treatment (for the FRC, District Health Office and the Nigerien Red Cross) recommended a around 40 activities across five main areas and included indicators, targets and timelines.
This will be the first of many similar action plans developed by the CMN teams over the coming 18 months.
View and download the report below: