37 nutrition indicators

37 most used indicators in the logical framework of nutrition proposals

18-05-2020

Of the most difficult sectors to develop donor proposal for is the nutrition. After developing so many successful nutrition proposals that were accepted by donors and implemented these projects successfully with many Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) both in the development and humanitarian sectors, we recommend selecting your nutrition proposal indicators and filling the logical framework more confidently from the following 37 most used indicators:

# Of boys and girls 6-59 months screened for Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) by the trained volunteers for acute malnutrition.

# Of boys and girls 6-59 months with Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) cured.

# Of boys and girls 6-59 months with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) cured.

# Of boys and girls 0-59 months admitted in the stabilization center.

# Of boys and girls 6-59 months with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) defaulted.

# Of boys and girls 6-59 months with Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) defaulted.

# Of functional stabilization centers.

# Of boys and girls 6-24 months at risk of malnutrition reached with Blanket SFP support.

# Of boys and girls 6-59 months with Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) admitted to Targeted Supplementary Feeding Program (TSFP).

# Of boys and girls 6-59 months with Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) benefited from Targeted Supplementary Feeding Program (TSFP).

# Of boys and girls 6-59 months with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM)  admitted to Outpatient Therapeutic Program (OTP)

# Of Community Health Workers (CHWs) trained on community mobilization and screening for IYCF support.

# Of functional Outpatient Therapeutic Program (OTP) centers.

# Of functional Targeted Supplementary Feeding Program (TSFP) centers.

# Of mothers that received Infant Young Child Feeding (IYCF) support.

# Of Pregnant and Lactating Women (PLW) screened for acute malnutrition.

# Of Pregnant and Lactating Women (PLW) with Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) admitted in Targeted Supplementary Feeding Program (TSFP).

# Of Pregnant and Lactating Women (PLW) with Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) cured.

# Of Pregnant and Lactating Women (PLW) receiving Iron/Fefol supplementation.

# Of Pregnant and Lactating Women (PLW) receiving multiple micronutrient supplementation (MNPs).

# Of Rapid Need Assessment (RNA) for malnutrition conducted.

 

# Of mobile nutrition teams deployed.

 

# Of health workers trained in the management of acute malnutrition.

 

% Of households aware of the complaint and feedback mechanism.

 

% Of boys and girls 0-59 recovered in the stabilization center.

 

% Of assisted people satisfied with the assistance received.

 

% Of facilities with a stock out of therapeutic supplies for at least 24 hours.

 

% Of women with children aged 0-23 months aware of the available breastfeeding counseling services

 

% Of children born in the last 12 months who were put to the breast within one hour of birth.

 

% Of infants of less than 6 months of age who received only breast milk during the previous day and night

 

% Of women of reproductive age (15-49 years) who know how to effectively address at least 4 out of 6 most common breastfeeding difficulties.

 

% Of women of reproductive age (15 – 49 years) aware of at least four promoted ways to prevent breast milk insufficiency.

 

% Of children aged 6 - 59 months with a weight for age < –2 Z-scores.

 

% Of children aged 6 - 59 months with a height for age < -2 Z scores.

 

% Of women of reproductive age with a MUAC < 210mm.

 

% Of children aged 6–59 months with a MUAC < 125mm (and/or bilateral oedema).

 

% Of children aged 6-59 months with a weight for height < –2 Z scores (and/or bilateral oedema).

 

 

All international donors such as USAID, DFID/UKAID, ECHO and United Nations agencies such as UNICEF, WHO, UNOCHA, and the international NGOs such as Oxfam, Save the Children, CARE International, and others are using these indicators and approve the proposals that contain such indicators as the best indicators used to measure nutrition interventions. This is because these indicators are reflecting the common humanitarian standards and the Sphere Minimum Standards for nutrition interventions. 

Understanding the Nutrition terms as they are needed during drafting the nutrition proposals:

Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC): is the circumference of the left upper arm, measured at the mid-point between the tip of the shoulder and the tip of the elbow. It is measured with the arm hanging straight down, wrap a MUAC tape around the arm at the midpoint mark.

Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM): is defined by a very low weight for height (below -3z scores of the median WHO growth standards), or by a mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) <11.5cm by visible severe wasting, or by the presence of nutritional oedema.

Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM): is defined by moderate wasting with a weight-for-height indicator between WFH -3 - <-2 Z score of the International Minimum Standard or by a mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) between 11.5 cm and 12.5 cm.

Outpatient Therapeutic Program (OTP): This is a type of management of mal-nutrition that is provided at the primary health care facilities which brings the services for management of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) closer to the community by making services available at decentralized treatment points, through the use of ready-to-use therapeutic foods, community outreach by Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) that conduct home visits and conduct MUAC screening for Under-five children and for pregnant and lactating women and refer them to the nearest OTP.

 

References:

- WHO. 2000. The Management of Nutrition in Major Emergencies  

- https://www.indikit.net/sector/21-nutrition

- Minimum standards in food security and nutrition: Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response.

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