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ENN strategic review: developing our new strategy together (2021-2026)

As global leaders in knowledge management, evidence and learning, ENN is embarking on a strategic review to see how we can drive more impact in our work, increase our reach and explore more new and innovative approaches. We are eager to learn what our readership thinks and what you could suggest for ENN’s future.

To engage with us in this review please email contact@ennonline.net

Management of at risk mothers and infants under six months (MAMI) 

ENN is coordinator of the MAMI Special Interest Group (MAMI SIG), a well-established international community of researchers, programmers and policy-makers. This will soon be relaunched as the MAMI Global Network (thanks to the Eleanor Crook Foundation and Irish Aid) as we step up to meet the demands and needs to build evidence around MAMI, capture learning, engage across sectors and support programme development. Key recent areas of work include an update of the MAMI Tool (v2) to a MAMI Care Pathway – the result of a consultative process with a working group of MAMI SIG members and external experts in maternal mental health and early childhood development. An updated version will be available in October that will be piloted (by late 2020) and then tested in a randomised control trial in Ethiopia (London school of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)/ENN/GOAL/Jimma University) in 2021.  The MAMI SIG also led the development of a statement on MAMI in the context of COVID-19 in collaboration with the GTAM (see below) and available at: https://www.ennonline.net/mamiandcovid19statement

Visit https://www.ennonline.net/ourwork/research/mami

Contact: Eleanor Rogers, MAMI Global Network Coordinator, eleanor@ennonline.net or mami@ennonline.net

Infant Feeding in Emergencies (IFE)

The IFE Core Group is a global collaboration of agencies and individuals formed to address policy guidance and training resource gaps to improve programming on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) in humanitarian contexts. Over the past four months, it has actively engaged around COVID-19 support to policy and programmers (see GTAM, below). The IFE Core Group recently launched its strategy which sets the direction for the IFE Core Group for the next three to five years. The strategy takes into account how recent emergencies have expanded the scope of IYCF issues and modified ways of working in humanitarian contexts, for example, in response to crises occurring in more urbanised, middle-income countries where prevailing rates of breastfeeding are low. The group will now develop an action plan to build on the IFE Core Group Strategy. This will include the development of a communication strategy and tools for the dissemination of the Operational Guidance for IYCF-E.

For more information visit www.ennonline.net/ife or e-mail ife@ennonline.net 

Wasting and Stunting

A Story of Change (SoC) evaluation of the Wasting and Stunting Technical Interest Group (WaSt TIG) was conducted this year to examine the project’s contribution in the research, programme and policy arenas. Key achievements identified included a strengthening of the evidence base on the relationship between wasting and stunting and accompanying shifts in research priorities and institutional policies. The report’s recommendations were discussed in May during the WaSt TIGs bi-annual meeting (https://www.ennonline.net/fex/onlineonly). The group reviewed progress on a number of workstreams, reflected on its ways of working and discussed priorities for the next two years. This rich discussion has generated a new membership and governance document and a workplan that will be finalised in the coming months.

Adolescent nutrition

Since 2017, ENN has coordinated an informal group of around 80 researchers, practitioners and policy makers interested in adolescent nutrition. The ‘Adolescent Nutrition Interest Group’ meets virtually every quarter to share information and updates between members. Capitalising on the upsurge in interest around adolescent nutrition, ENN commenced a ‘mapping exercise’ this year in order to better understand who is doing what, where and when in adolescent nutrition programming. The first phase of the work involved an online survey that is currently being analysed and will be published shortly. Survey results will be supplemented by a series of key informant interviews aiming to elicit more detailed information from a sample of respondents. In addition, a series of systematic literature reviews are being conducted to provide a global overview of the nutritional status of adolescents in regions with low- and middle-income countries.

For more information, please contact Emily Mates, Coordinator, at emily@ennonline.net

Multi-sector nutrition programmes review

ENN recently completed the first section of a review, commissioned by Irish Aid, synthesising available evidence on the impact of multi-sector nutrition programmes (MSNPs) and the type and quality of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems used to measure impact. Despite growing attention to MSNPs, data demonstrating the efficacy, effectiveness and impact of multi-sector approaches on undernutrition are limited and information on the design of M&E systems is lacking. The wide range of evaluation designs used indicates the absence of minimum standards. Innovative solutions that allow for regular monitoring of stunting are needed to reduce reliance on small-scale surveys or infrequent Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS). Indicators of multi-sector convergence are also needed so that coverage of MSNP implementation is reported more systematically. The report that includes recommendations will soon be available on our website www.ennonline.net

Global Technical Assistance Mechanism for Nutrition (GTAM)

The GTAM is a platform that responds to technical requests by leveraging and building on existing nutrition resources, capacities, initiatives and coordination structures. During 2020, the GTAM rapidly mobilised to respond to demands for technical support from country actors relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) technical helpdesks, the Technical Rapid Response Team and ENN’s en-net forum increased activities and Global Thematic Working Groups covering Infant and Young Child Feeding (IFE Core Group), Wasting and Nutrition Information Systems scaled up efforts to feed into and provide consensus driven guidance and expert advice on emerging issues. Guidance, examples of programme adaptations and answers to questions raised can be found on the GTAM website https://gtam.nutritioncluster.net/ and on the COVID-19 forum on en-net https://www.en-net.org/forum/31.aspx   

en-net update 

Over the past six months (April to September 2020), 121 questions have been posted on en-net, generating 146 responses. The new forum area for COVID-19 and nutrition programming generated 66 questions, 18 of which were escalated to the GTAM Wasting sub-working group to facilitate responses. Thirty-six vacancy notices and announcements have been posted, accumulating 17,986 views. Although no training opportunities were shared, numerous posts across forum areas announced webinars.

The Prevention and treatment of severe acute malnutrition and Prevention and treatment of moderate acute malnutrition forum areas were recently merged into one Management of wasting/acute malnutrition area to better reflect the continuum of care and to enable discussions on prevention to be housed in one place.

To join any discussion on en-net, share your experience or post a question, visit www.en-net.org.uk  or www.fr.en-net.org

To provide feedback on the site, please write to post@en-net.org

Sectoral learning

In September 2020, ENN hosted a webinar in collaboration with WHO on the guideline development process and plans for the update to the wasting guidelines by WHO throughout 2021. Available at: www.ennonline.net/mediahub

 

The second edition of a series of special issues of Nutrition Exchange on South Asia, born out of a partnership between ENN and UNICEF ROSA, was released in July 2020 on improving young children’s diets. This follows the first edition published in June 2019 on maternal nutrition. See the news item in this edition of Field Exchange for more information or visit www.ennonline.net/nex

 

In June 2020, as a follow-up to our special edition on the continuum of care for wasting (issue 60), ENN delivered a webinar on key actions identified in this edition in the context of the GAP on Child Wasting: Framework for Action released in March 2020.  The recording and a technical brief is available at: https://www.ennonline.net/mediahub/video/fex60gaponchildwastingwebinar

Nous sommes déterminés à faire en sorte de mieux documenter les expériences des praticiens francophones dans Field Exchange. Nous avons développé notre capacité afin de recevoir et traiter les articles en français. N'hésitez pas à nous faire part de vos idées - nous pouvons vous soutenir tout au long du processus de rédaction. Le contenu sera disponible en ligne en français puis traduit pour figurer dans l'édition imprimée de Field Exchange (en anglais).

Coming up for Field Exchange we have two general issues due out in December 2020 and April 2021. We are also continually adding new articles to our website at www.ennonline.net/fex and in French at www.ennonline.net/fex/fr

If you have programming experiences or research that you would like to share via Field Exchange, please contact Chloe at chloe@ennonline.net  

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