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Programme coverage, or the proportion of eligible beneficiaries enrolled in a programme, is an important indicator of impact in humanitarian and nutrition programming. Over the years, a number of methodologies and techniques have been developed to measure nutrition programme coverage. These techniques, however, generally face similar problems. They generally provide a single wide-area coverage estimate, for example, and do not highlight specific areas where coverage is higher or lower. They also employ population estimates which often prove inaccurate or unreliable. Traditional methods rarely provide an insight into the reasons for non-attendance … (full text about programme coverage).

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About Community based Therapeutic Care: Community-based Therapeutic Care (CTC) was developed by Valid International to improve the coverage and impact of selective feeding programmes for the treatment of acute malnutrition.

Its central innovation is to provide therapeutic feeding in the home. By providing easy access and reducing the opportunity costs associated with enrolment in a therapeutic feeding programme, the CTC/CMAM model increases the coverage and impact of humanitarian feeding interventions.

Until recently, therapeutic feeding centres, that require long inpatient stays, have been the only accepted mode of treatment for severe acute malnutrition. CTC/CMAM programmes treat the majority of these cases at home and aim to restrict inpatient care to only those suffering from acute malnutrition with medical complications. They use decentralised networks of outpatient treatment sites to provide a take-home food ration known as Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) along with routine medicines.

With the support of Concern Worldwide and other implementing partners, Valid is now focused on exploring and developing the capacity of the CTC/CMAM approach in other contexts. Current work includes the development of CTC/CMAM interventions for use in non-emergency contexts, addressing the nutritional needs of people living with HIV/AIDS, expanding local Ready-to-Use Food (RUF) production and developing approaches for addressing chronic malnutrition.

What is our expertise?

Through its team of international advisers with extensive experience in CTC/CMAM programmes, Valid is committed to supporting CTC/CMAM programmes in a wide variety of settings. Specific expertise for providing technical assistance and training in all aspects of CTC/CMAM implementation is offered. This includes advice and assistance in the set up, management and monitoring and evaluation (including coverage surveys) of CTC/CMAM programmes, collaborations in operational research and packages to develop organisational capacity. Valid seeks to tailor its support to its partners’ needs. Interested parties should contact Valid to discuss their interests and requirements by e-mail.

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