Four countries have been chosen by WFP for the pilot SFP coverage assessments: Niger, Pakistan, Chad and Democratic Republic of Congo. Further discussions were made with the respective WFP country programmes to determine which specific areas within the country will
BackgroundIn line with the new nutrition measurement requirements outlined the WFP Strategic Results Framework (2014-2017), OSZAN Nutrition Programme Unit is planning to conduct a pilot test of new coverage measurement techniques in selected countries. The pilots seek to investigate which of the currently available methodologies best suit WFP’s global MAM Treatment operations to meet measurement requirements outlined in the SRF.
Due to the innovative nature of the coverage measurement techniques, there is a need to test the corporate feasibility of the various methods prior to implementation across WFP’s global MAM Treatment Programmes. WFP, at present does not have the technical expertise to implement the coverage measurement techniques and requires the assistance of technically sound expertise.
Therefore, challenges in adapting the coverage measurement methodology to WFP scale of operations are actually expected, should be solved, and offer the opportunities to generate evidence about programming evaluation processes, using primary data.
For these reasons, WFP is collaborating with Valid International to design and implement coverage measurement techniques suitable to WFP's programmatic requirements.
ObjectivesThis project aims to:
Design, train and implement MAM coverage survey in the selected areas in each of the 4 countries
Provide guidance (based on lessons learnt) for WFP regarding the coverage methodology to be used for the wide area coverage of MAM Treatement Programmes
Following are the design features of the MAM treatment coverage assessment approach
Before 2002 no specific methods existed for investigating coverage of feeding programs. The Centric Systematic Area Sampling (CSAS) method was specifically developed for the Community-based Therapeutic Care (CTC) research programme and was used to assess the coverage of CTC programs
The design of the MAM treatment coverage assessment method should take into account the following considerations: 1. Case definition Given the different countries included in these pilot coverage assessments, it would be important to state clearly the case definition
In order to measure coverage, we formulate MAM treatment coverage estimators based on well-established coverage estimators used for SAM treatment. We propose to use two indicators: 1) a case-finding effectiveness indicator, and; 2) an overall treatment coverage estimator. MAM
There are different ways of approaching the calculation of the sample size requirements for the TSFP coverage assessment. First approach is to use a standard sample size formula for estimating proportions which assumes that the population from which we are
Stage 1 sampling is used to select the villages / communities to sample. All the methods we use for assessing coverage of selective feeding programmes utilise a systematic spatial sampling approach for stage 1 sampling. This ensures an even spatial
Stage 2 sampling is the method used to find MAM cases in the sampling villages / communities. This method should be exhaustive i.e., able to find all or nearly all MAM cases in the selected sampling villages / communities. The