The World Food Programme (WFP) and their implementing partners are showing considerable interest in assessing the coverage of TSFP. These programs typically target children aged between 6 and 59 months with moderate acute malnutrition (MAM). In response to requests from the WFP and their partners, the Coverage Monitoring Network (CMN) included TSFP coverage assessments in a handful of SQUEAC assessments. These SQUEAC assessments investigated coverage in both therapeutic feeding programs treating severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and TSFP programs treating MAM.

This practice has been encouraged over the last few months, with more and more coordinated programmes conducting a SQUEAC assessment including both SAM and MAM interventions. The CMN and other partners presented a report outlining the challenges faced, the adaptations made and the experiences gained when using SQUEAC methodology to assess programme coverage for both SAM and MAM. The work is based on analysis from examples carried out in Kenya and South Sudan.

To read the full report, please click here

Specifically regarding Single Coverage estimates, experts had been cautious about expanding the methodology to include assessments of MAM programmes. Enough evidence had been gathered in order to come up with an average duration for a SAM episode that would spontaneously recover, i.e., would recover outside the programme. Such information is needed to estimate the overall number of cases recovering without visiting the programme, and thus calculating single coverage as has been presented here and here.

Now, after some initial research, the CMN recommends to use the same factor to calculate recovering cases out of MAM programmes, opening the doors to the application of the single coverage methodology to MAM programmes, following a specific case study that applied the method to MAM programmes.

The figure below is a snapshot of the Single Coverage Calculator (available for download here) that simplifies the calculation to estimate recovering cases out of the programme by using the specific K factor.

example single coverage calc for MAM