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The Nutrition Working Group contributes to reducing under-five mortality and morbidity by optimizing the role of nutrition within iCCM in policy and practice. The objectives of the Working Group are:

  • 1. To consolidate, reinforce and promote the existing nutrition components of iCCM (e.g. nutrition counselling, screening and referral of acute malnutrition cases).
  • 2. To explore options to strengthen the integration of nutrition into iCCM (e.g. acute malnutrition treatment, etc.).
  • 3. To advocate for the development of nutrition within iCCM both in policy and practice including leveraging funding for this work.

Results

To meet these objectives, the Working Group will aim to achieve a series of results over the next few months. These will be further developed and included as part of an actionable workplan for 2016.

  • 1. Improve representation of the nutrition agenda in future high level iCCM forums, including future evidence-review meetings.
  • 2. Support the dissemination of experiences and lessons learned on iCCM and Nutrition.
  • 3. Develop and/or strengthen technical guidance to optimize the implementation of nutrition components of iCCM interventions through documentation of best practice and development of tools.
  • 4. Coordinate the development of an evidence base on the impact of linking and integrating iCCM and nutrition through operations and implementation research in consort with other CCM TF subgroups (see Annex 1).
  • 5. Strengthen coordination between nutrition and iCCM programmes have common advocacy messages and to leverage funding and resources.

Membership

Membership to the Working Group is open to all organizations with a strategic interest and practical experience in the implementation of iCCM and/or nutrition services. This might include national health authorities (e.g. Ministries of Health), UN agencies, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), donors, academics and other technical platforms.

Organisations that have already expressed an interest in a member of this Working Group include WHO, UNICEF, ACF, PSI, Save the Children, IRC and the Children Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF).

Each agency will be responsible for designating representatives to this Task Force subgroup and for covering their participation costs.

To indicate interest, please email Saul Guerrero at s.guerrero@actionagainsthunger.org.uk.

Governance and Structure

The governance and structure of the Nutrition Working Group will need to be further developed once the membership has been confirmed. This will require consideration of the (co)chairing and the creation of sub-groups to deliver the different strands of the Working Group’s agenda and linking with other relevant subgroups of the CCM TF.

(Co) Chairing

The Working Group will be co-chaired by two (2) members of the Working Group, elected by the whole membership. In order to ensure continuity, the terms of the Chair and the Co-Chair will be 18 and 12 months respectively. As the Working Group is established, all prospective organisations wishing to join will be asked to also confirm their interest in running for the Chair and/or Co-chair roles.

Subgroups

The co-chairs will be expected to provide oversight and leadership for the implementation of the Working Group workplan. The implementation of the individual components of the workplan might require the creation of individual sub-groups with corresponding sub-group leads. The focus of the sub-groups and the appointment of the sub-group leads will be coordinated as part of the development of the workplan.

Modus Operandi

It is envisaged that the working group will convene regular meetings, through video/teleconferences and face-to-face meetings as decided by the leadership of the group.

The development of meeting agendas will be the responsibility of the Chair and Co-Chair with consultation from the Working Group’s membership. The chair and co-chair will coordinate with the CCM TF secretariat.

The co-chairs will be responsible for documenting meeting summaries which will be circulated to the membership for review and comment before they are finalized and posted on CCMcentral.com on the groups’ subgroup page.

The group will be represented at and report regularly to the CCM TF.

Normative Guidance, Guidelines, Protocols & other Technical Documents

Reviews, Reports, Evaluations, Case Studies and Lessons Learned

Meetings and Minutes