Community engagement for CMAM

Community engagement for CMAM

Key points from this technical brief:

  • High coverage and good outcomes of acute malnutrition treatment can be achieved in a community when its leaders, members, actors and caretakers of children with acute malnutrition are fully engaged in mobilizing and sensitizing the community, implementing good quality of services, and increasing access to CMAM services.
  • Community engagement for CMaM using existing MoH’s outreach structure and workers is feasible and effective to improve access and uptake of CMaM services.
  • A community engagement initiative that fits with and builds on local structures, systems and resources is more likely to be sustained and scaled up.
  • Integration of community engagement for CMaM into existing community-based initiatives (e.g. national immunization campaigns) contribute to better timely case finding and good coverage.
  • Good community engagement team structure, supportive supervision and mentoring result in good outcomes. Experienced community outreach workers and program staff result in good community engagement.
  • Good coordination and collaboration with community actors play a great role in the implementation.
  • Private health care providers and traditional healers should be engaged in the programme.
  • Community engagement takes time and must be planned for sustainability from the beginning.
  • Proper resources allocation and advocacy for community engagement is crucial.
  • Community engagement strategies should ensure that issues of gender are respected and should avoid increasing the workload of women.
  • Community engagement must be systematised in programme activities, and Hr resources must be committed to these activities.