Category: Programme effectiveness

A Time to Rethink the Global Food Regime

Summary of published paper.

Issue 34, October 2008 (page 26)

Ambulatory treatment of severe malnutrition

This article describes the experiences of an MSF-B nutritional project in Faryab that was forced by cultural and geographical constraints to treat children with severe acute malnutrition as outpatients.

Issue 19, July 2003 (page 16)

Ambulatory treatment of severe malnutrition in Afghanistan

Faryab province is in a remote and poor area in the north of Afghanistan. There is little infrastructure, a high risk of disease outbreaks such as cholera and measles, and malnutrition is endemic.

Issue 19, July 2003 (page 14)

Animal husbandry and agriculture efforts toward programme sustainability

Bundibugyo District, situated on the western side of the Rwenzori Mountains, is one of the most disadvantaged districts in Uganda.

Issue 33, June 2008 (page 35)

Assessing sensitivity of case-finding using capturerecapture techniques

In this article we will explore the use of capturerecapture techniques to estimate the sensitivity (also called exhaustivity) of two case-finding methods. The sensitivity of a case-finding method is a measure of how well the method performs at finding cases.

Issue 27, March 2006 (page 13)

Boosters, Barriers, Questions: an approach to organising and analysing SQUEAC data

This article outlines an approach to organising and analysing collected data and for planning further data collection during a SQUEAC coverage Assessment.

Issue 45, May 2013 (page 7)

Causal analysis and the SQUEAC toolbox

In this article we report our experiences using the SQUEAC toolbox to undertake a causal analysis of severe wasting (SAM) in a rural area of Eastern Sudan.

Issue 42, January 2012 (page 38)

Content Analysis of Training Modules on IFE


Issue 34, October 2008 (page 43)

Cost effectiveness of CMAM in Malawi

Summary of published research.

Issue 41, August 2011 (page 24)

Cost effectiveness of community-based and inpatient therapeutic feeding programmes to treat SAM in Ethiopia

Aretrospective study was recently conducted in SNNPR, Ethiopia to determine the average cost of treatment of a severely malnourished child in a therapeutic feeding centre (TFC) and in a community based therapeutic care (CTC) programme, to determine the effectiveness of TFC and CTC programmes as measured by the clinical outcomes, and to compare the cost effectiveness of the two approaches.

Issue 41, August 2011 (page 22)

Delivering Supplementary and Therapeutic Feeding in Darfur: coping with Insecurity

This article describes the ongoing challenges that insecurity poses to the GOAL nutrition programme in Dafur and the strategies they have responded with.

Issue 28, July 2006 (page 10)

Determining predictors for severe acute malnutrition: Causal analysis within a SQUEAC assessment in Chad

Following the onset of drought in Mongo District, Guerra Region of Chad, in April 2012 the International Rescue Committee (IRC) began supporting the Ministry of Health (MOH) in delivering a community-based management of acute malnutrition programme (CMAM) for the treatment of severe acute malnutrition (SAM).

Issue 45, May 2013 (page 24)

Did the Rwandan Evaluation Change anything?

A report by the Joint Evaluation Follow-up Monitoring and Facilitation Network (JEFF).

Issue 4, June 1998 (page 29)

Difficulties of impact assessment in ‘semi-emergencies’

Save the Children UK (SC UK) is currently involved in trying to assess the level of impact and cost-effectiveness of different interventions designed to reduce rates of chronic malnutrition in a number of countries, including Somalia,Vietnam and Ethiopia.

Issue 27, March 2006 (page 22)

Donor incapacity linked to aid ineffectiveness in Africa

Summary of published article.

Issue 27, March 2006 (page 7)

ENN/GIFA project

Summary of presentation.

Issue 19, July 2003 (page 28)

Estimating the Target Under Five Population for Feeding Programmes in Emergencies

This article discusses the problem of accurately estimating the target population for the planning of emergency nutrition programmes and presents a tool developed by Save the Children UK aimed at improving the process.

Issue 23, November 2004 (page 18)

Evaluation of accelerated Child Survival and Development programme in West Africa

Summary of published research.

Issue 39, September 2010 (page 23)

Evaluation of cluster approach in Mozambique

Summary of evaluation.

Issue 31, September 2007 (page 24)

Evaluation of use of IFE training materials

An evaluation was recently conducted of two training modules (Module 1 and 2) on Infant Feeding in Emergencies (IFE) developed by the IFE Core Group (UNICEF, WHO, WFP, UNHCR, IBFAN-GIFA, CARE USA, Fondation Terre des hommes and ENN) and produced by the ENN.

Issue 28, July 2006 (page 21)

Experiences of the Nutrition in Emergencies Regional Training Initiative

The upward trend in the frequency and magnitude of humanitarian disasters is set to continue and ongoing economic instability, escalating food and fuel prices, climate change and urbanisation are predicted to amplify humanitarian needs.

Issue 42, January 2012 (page 51)

Factors associated with defaulting in MSF ambulatory programme

Summary of meeting abstract.

Issue 34, October 2008 (page 9)

FANTA Review of Essential Nutrition Actions in Ethiopia

The Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance (FANTA) Project has announced the release of the Review of Incorporation of Essential Nutrition Actions into Public Health Programmes in Ethiopia Report (January 2008).

Issue 33, June 2008 (page 17)

Focus on coverage assessment

During the past 10 years, the management of acute malnutrition has undergone a major paradigm shift that has changed the previous inpatient ‘clinical’ model of care into a community-based “public health” model of care.

Issue 42, January 2012 (page 34)

Government versus NGO efficiency, Bangladesh

Summary of published paper.

Issue 20, November 2003 (page 10)

GPS assisted coverage survey in DRC

This article describes a modification of the centric systematic area sampling method using GPS, to overcome field constraints related to mapping and active case finding.

Issue 35, March 2009 (page 36)

Impact of community mobilisation activities in Uganda

In July 2006, ACF-USA implemented an out-patient programme for the treatment of severely malnourished children in the main internally displaced people (IDP) camps of the districts of Lira and Apac, Northern Uganda.

Issue 34, October 2008 (page 15)

Improving impact evaluations

Summary of published research.

Issue 29, December 2006 (page 6)

Improving the quality of WFP Emergency Operations

It is being recognised more and more that we need to improve the ways in which we measure and document emergency programme efficiency.

Issue 1, May 1997 (page 11)

Is food aid effective?

Summary of published research.

Issue 29, December 2006 (page 8)

Learning from nutrition interventions in Eritrea, Ethiopia and Kenya

Summary of evaluations.

Issue 18, March 2003 (page 23)

Letter on inadequate coverage of SAM in Lancet Undernutrition Series, by Susan Shepherd


Issue 33, June 2008 (page 24)

Letter on WHO 2006 Growth Standards, by Marko Kerac and Andrew Seal

This new 2006 WHO Growth standards: What will they mean for emergency nutrition programmes?.

Issue 28, July 2006 (page 16)

Logistics: more than pizza delivery

Logistics play a central role in the provision of emergency assistance. The logistics machine includes the procurement, transport, storage and delivery of emergency, and possibly life saving material, to areas affected by disaster.

Issue 4, June 1998 (page 13)

New method for assessing acute malnutrition in nomadic pastoralist populations

This article describes a new survey method for assessing acute malnutrition in nomadic pastoralist populations, including a case study from Mali.

Issue 35, March 2009 (page 31)

Peer review of WFP evaluation process

Summary of report.

Issue 33, June 2008 (page 30)

Postscript to 'The challenge of applying CSAS in DRC'

The CSAS coverage survey method is new and much remains to be learned from field application of the method, particularly in confused terrain, such as that described in the current article, as well as in urban settings.

Issue 27, March 2006 (page 31)

Practical challenges of evaluating BSFP in northern Kenya

Summary of published study.

Issue 42, January 2012 (page 28)

Quantitative and qualitative analysis of CTC programme coverage

Summary of published research.

Issue 39, September 2010 (page 19)

Remote monitoring of CMAM programmes coverage: SQUEAC lessons in Mali and Mauritania

Action Against Hunger (ACF) currently supports community based management of acute malnutrition programmes (CMAM) programmes in over 20 countries around the world, with a long-standing presence in the Sahel region of West Africa, including Mauritania, Niger, Mali and Chad.

Issue 42, January 2012 (page 35)

Rethinking Food Aid in the Face of HIV/AIDS

Summary of published paper.

Issue 25, May 2005 (page 9)

Review of survey methodology in emergencies

Summary of published research.

Issue 31, September 2007 (page 10)

Save the Children’s IYCF programme and linkages to Protection, Food Security and Livelihoods in Haiti

The Haiti earthquake of January 12th 2010 made headline news worldwide given the extent of damage and of loss of life, as well as the profound impact on already vulnerable children and families. While the exact number of deaths and injuries caused by the earthquake may never be known, the Government estimates that 222,750 people (2% of the population) were killed and 300,572 were injured.

Issue 41, August 2011 (page 65)

Saving Lives through Tried and Trusted methods: Evaluation the Intervention of the International Committee of the Red Cross

Summary of published paper.

Issue 4, June 1998 (page 28)

Selective Feeding Programme for Detainees in Rwanda

CONCERN is currently providing a supplementary wet-ration to over 7,500 detainees in twelve cachots (commune level detention centres) in Rwanda. The objective of this supplementary feeding programme is to reduce the burden of food provision on the families of the detainees and, indirectly, to assist households to become food secure.

Issue 2, August 1997 (page 4)

Socio-Cultural Determinants of Food Sharing in Southern Sudan

This field article explores the socio-cultural determinants of food sharing amongst the Dinka of Southern Sudan and explores the implications for humanitarian programming.

Issue 32, January 2008 (page 22)

Something for everyone: three perspectives from a recent coverage assessment in Pakistan

Summary of review.

Issue 45, May 2013 (page 40)

SQUEAC in routine monitoring of CMAM programme coverage in Ethiopia

The development of community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) was a significant advance in the treatment of severe acute malnutrition and associated child mortality.

Issue 38, April 2010 (page 35)

SQUEAC: Low resource method to evaluate access and coverage of programmes

Centric Systematic Area Sampling (CSAS) was developed to estimate coverage of selective feeding programmes.

Issue 33, June 2008 (page 3)

Summary of Lancet Series on Maternal and Child Undernutrition

Below are short summaries of the recently launched Lancet series of papers on Maternal and Child Undernutrition.

Issue 33, June 2008 (page 12)

Swaziland Cash and Food Transfer Programme

This article outlines a short term emergency safety net programme by Save the Children UK, using a combination of food and cash transfers to households during a national food crisis in Swaziland.

Issue 36, July 2009 (page 3)

The Challenge of Applying CSAS in DRC

Programme coverage has become an increasingly important indicator for measuring the success of humanitarian interventions.

Issue 27, March 2006 (page 29)

The Cost of Selective Feeding (Special Supplement 2)

The aim of this paper is to present the cost per beneficiary of CTC and discuss aspects of these costs, underlying assumptions and other factors and issues affecting cost.

Supplement 2, November 2004 (page 39)

UNHCR feeding programme performance in Kenya and Tanzania

Routine monitoring data are available from the many nutrition programmes operating in camps supported by UNHCR, typically growth monitoring programmes, under the Expanded Programme on Immunisation, MUAC based household surveillance, Supplementary Feeding Programmes (SFPs) and community based therapeutic feeding programmes (TFPs).

Issue 44, December 2012 (page 28)

Using SLEAC as a wide-area survey method

In 2010, UNICEF approached VALID International Ltd. to design and conduct a national coverage survey of the government-run community based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) programme in Sierra Leone.

Issue 42, January 2012 (page 40)

WFP evaluation of emergency operation in Sudan

Summary of evaluation.

Issue 41, August 2011 (page 57)

Why coverage is important: efficacy, effectiveness, coverage, and the impact of CMAM Interventions

Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) has reached a crucial point in its evolution. What began as a pilot study just over a decade ago, is now a cornerstone of nutrition policy in over sixty countries.

Issue 45, May 2013 (page 40)