Direct coverage assessments identify the various bottlenecks that might limit coverage of SAM services; but due to several factors these assessments are only implemented occasionally. Therefore the CMN, UNICEF, FANTA, ACF UK and consultant David Doledec have partnered to develop a new toolkit that will enable Ministries of Health, NGOs and other SAM treatment implementers to identify and monitor bottlenecks to effective coverage.
The toolkit is based on existing nutrition indicators collected each month through routine SAM monitoring. These indicators will provide information about several determinants such as commodity availability or human resources availability.
The results will then be presented in easy-to-read graphs.
Pilot testing will take place in Kenya and Pakistan from March to June 2015. The data collected will be triangulated with data from similar exercises (such as SQUEAC surveys) and analysed to define the most appropriate toolkit.
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