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FAQR Publication Announcement: “Effective delivery of SBCC through a Care Group model in a supplementary feeding program"

FAQR Publication Announcement: “Effective delivery of SBCC through a Care Group model in a supplementary feeding program"

Posted by lindsey.green on 27 Oct 2017

Dear colleagues,

The Food Aid Quality Review (FAQR) project team is happy to share the publication of “Effective delivery of social and behavior change communication through a Care Group model in a supplementary feeding program” in the Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition.

The article analyzes the flow of key social and behavior change communication (SBCC) messages through multiple communication channels in a Care Group model, from healthcare workers and community volunteers to caregivers of children in a supplementary feeding program to treat moderate acute malnutrition in Southern Malawi. The SBCC included messaging regarding preparation and feeding to the beneficiary child only, which are essential in order for the child to receive the full nutritional benefit of the supplement and, therefore, for program effectiveness.

Study results showed high rates of reported delivery and reception of key SBCC messages among healthcare workers, community volunteers and caregivers in the program. This work contributes to the growing body of literature supporting the use of the Care Group model as an effective strategy for increasing coverage of SBCC messages, and thereby the effectiveness of supplementary feeding programs and related interventions.

Key findings highlighted in the publication are:

  • Reported delivery and reception of key SBCC messages was 80% or more among healthcare workers, community volunteers and caregivers in the Care Group model.
  • All caregivers reported receiving the SBCC message about the amount of ingredients to use when preparing the supplementary food.
  • Most initial information exchange (90%) occurred at food distribution points.
  • Overlapping lines of communication may have reinforced key messages i.e. caregivers receiving SBCC from healthcare workers and community volunteers at various points of the intervention, therefore making overall communication more effective.

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ICN follow up - how specialized nutritious foods is used

Posted by gloria_guevara_alvarez on 19 Nov 2017

 

Last month at ICN 2017  the Food Aid Quality Review's symposium for researchers and policymakers in global nutrition programming brought together seven experts who discussed how specialized nutritious foods is used in food aid. 

This symposium undertook three objectives to share advances and challenges in food aid research, to inform new paradigms of food aid products and programs, and to elucidate remaining questions, and thus research priorities, in the field of food aid. During the symposium, participant Dr.

Martin W. Bloem, Visiting Profesor at John Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health, reminded us that it is important to continue working on these topics, “(We) have forgotten that treating undernourishment is a science.”

 

To address the knowledge gaps in treating undernourishment specail attention was given to gaps in the areas of effectiveness of food aid products & programming methods, composition of food aid products, and cost-effectiveness of food aid products.

 

Slides and biographies from this session are available on the FAQR website: https://foodaidquality.org/focus/food-aid-basket

 

ABOUT FAQR

The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Food for Peace awarded the Food Aid Quality Review Phase III contract to Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy for the period covering February 1, 2016 to January 31, 2019 with two option years. The Food Aid Quality Review (FAQR) seeks to provide USAID and its partners with actionable recommendations on ways to improve nutrition among vulnerable people for whom the direct distribution of food aid can make a significant impact. The first phases of FAQR involve reviews of nutrition science; FAQR Phase I recommendations were published in Improving the Nutritional Quality of U.S. Food Aid: Recommendations for Changes to Products and Programs. This report led to FAQR Phase II’s focus on reformulating Fortified Blended Foods (FBFs), the inclusion of lipid-based products in FFP’s commodity list, and testing new products under field conditions. A full summary of FAQR Phase II accomplishments are highlighted in the Food Aid Quality Review Phase II Closeout Report.

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