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MAMI Global Network Coordination and Governance

An overview of the Network’s governance structures, and ways of working are available here. The MAMI Global Network is currently developing its five-year strategy (2021-2026) which will be available to view upon finalisation.

 

The MAMI Global Network is coordinated by ENN. Kelsey Grey is the MAMI Global Network Coordinator (maternity cover). Central to this position is coordination of effort across a range of practitioners working in policy, research, and programming to identify and deliver on shared priority activities, actions, and outputs and both leverage and help harmonise member-led activities around a common vision. Kelsey previously had responsibility for managing the update of the MAMI Tool (pathway of care), a key programming resource to identify and manage at risk mothers and infants under six months of age (MAMI).

The Network’s Steering Committee has been appointed for the next two-year period (2021-2023). It is co-chaired by ENN and LSHTM, with representation from NGOs, UN and MAMI experts from across the globe.

Co-chairs

ENN, represented by Marie McGrath. Marie has been a Technical Director with ENN for 17 years and is also a member of ENN’s Board of Trustees. Marie has been working on MAMI since its inception and is now co-lead of the MAMI Global Network. She is also ENN’s lead on process evaluation of an upcoming randomised control trial in Ethiopia in a LSHTM/GOAL/Jimma University partnership. Marie is Chair of the Advisory Board of the Eleanor Crook Foundation and also the coordinator of an established UN/NGO interagency collaboration on infant and young child feeding in emergencies (IFE Core Group), co-chair of the Wasting Thematic Working Group of the Global Assistance Mechanism on Nutrition (GTAM), and a member of the Council of Research & Technical Advice on Severe Acute Malnutrition (CORTASAM) of the No Wasted Lives Initiative.

LSHTM, represented by Dr Marko Kerac. Marko is a clinical associate professor and programme director for the “Nutrition for Global Health” MSc at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Initially trained in paediatrics, he did a PhD on severe malnutrition based in Malawi before finishing specialty training in public health in London. He has been working on MAMI since 2008, when he was lead researcher on the original MAMI project. He currently co-leads the MAMI Global Network and is chief investigator on a cluster RCT of the MAMI approach in Ethiopia, working in partnership with ENN, GOAL Ethiopia, and Jimma University. He particularly enjoys the challenges of GRIPP (‘Getting Research into Policy/Practice’): working together in multidisciplinary groups from the very start of a research process to together identify high-priority issues; frame the scientific questions/studies to be of maximal help towards future policy; focus on practical (and thus hopefully scalable!) interventions. https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/aboutus/people/kerac.marko

Members

Save the Children, represented by Sarah Butler O’ Flynn. Sarah is the Director of Emergency Nutrition at Save the Children (SC) US, leading the MAMI portfolio and contributing to the organisation’s commitment to accelerate progress on infant wellbeing and survival. SC joined the MAMI SIG in 2013, leading research (2013 – 2015) and a programming pilot (2016-2018) in Bangladesh. In 2017, SC piloted the approach in the Rohingya Response and led an evaluation of Version 1 of the MAMI Tool in 2018, contributing to the continued improvements of the tool.  In 2019, SC translated this operational experience into a MAMI Toolkit and video to support partners in implementation. In 2020, SC’s team grew to include a dedicated MAMI Advisor to provide technical expertise to SC and partners through the GNC Technical Alliance. SC now operates MAMI programs in Bangladesh, Colombia, and Afghanistan. Further information on SC’s MAMI work can be found here: https://resourcecentre.savethechildren.net/spotlight/mami 

Action Against Hunger, represented by Adélaïde Challier. Action Against Hunger (AAH) was involved in raising the issue of acute malnutrition among under six months and participated to the first MAMI report. Along with its participation in the MAMI SIG, AAH contributed to develop the MAMI tool – especially for maternal mental health. AAH has first implemented the MAMI approach with a pilot in Mali in 2019. In Niger, with partners, AAH aims to implement a research on enhancing the MAMI with homebased nurturing care and psychosocial support by CHWs. In addition to raising the capacity of AAH staff, our ambition is also to continue supporting, scaling up or piloting the MAMI approach in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. Adélaïde Challier is the AAH-France nutrition and surveillance advisor. She is the MAMI focal point for AAH-FR and will seek involvement from the wide range of AAH expertise: nutrition, health, mental health, and research.

UNICEF, represented by Grainne Moloney (with support from Fatmata Sesay in Grainne’s absence). UNICEF’s specific interest in MAMI relates to the lack of agreed approaches and strategies on how to deal with growth faltering in the less than 6 months of age group which then increases the risk of these infants becoming wasted.  Given the explicit emphasis of UNICEF on prevention of all forms of malnutrition including wasting in the new Global Nutrition Strategy 2020-2030, a renewed focus on early growth faltering in infants in being defined and UNICEF will therefore greatly benefit from engagement with this forum.

Grainne Moloney is based in UNICEF HQ in New York as Senior Advisor – Early Childhood Nutrition. Previously, Grainne worked at the UNICEF East and Southern Africa regional office in Nairobi providing technical oversight for the prevention and treatment of wasting in children, as well as nutrition in emergencies in the region. Before that, she spent 6 years as the Chief of the Nutrition with UNICEF Kenya. Prior to UNICEF, Grainne served as the Chief Technical Advisor for the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit, (FAO) Somalia and previously with ACF, Oxfam GB and the National Health Service in the UK.

Fatmata Fatima Sesay is based in UNICEF HQ in New York as Nutrition Specialist – Infant Feeding. Previously, Fatmata worked at UNICEF Somalia, providing technical oversight on maternal and infant and young child feeding and micronutrient programming. Prior to that, she worked with Helen Keller International, Action Against Hunger (ACF), and Child Fund leading and managing programs on maternal, infant, and young child nutrition and micronutrient nutrition.

World Health Organisation, represented by Zita Weise Prinzo.  Zita is a public health nutritionist working in the Department of Nutrition and Food Safety in WHO headquarters. Her responsibilities include the development of evidence-informed guidelines, manuals and training tools on the prevention and control of under-nutrition. She is the WHO focal point for nutrition in emergencies.  Zita joined WHO in 1992 and worked in the Ministry of Health in Nepal for a few years before joining WHO headquarters in Geneva. She has over 25 years of international experience in the prevention and treatment of under-nutrition in both emergency and stable settings in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. She holds Masters’ degrees in Public Health Nutrition from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and on Food Technology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. She has a certificate in the Management of Health Emergencies in Large Populations and is member of the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination Team.

Dr Martha Mwangome (Independent). Martha is a research scientist at KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kilifi, Kenya. She is currently a Wellcome Trust Intermediate Fellow, also funded by the Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) and Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. Martha has a Master’s degree in Global Health from Oxford University and a PhD in Nutritional Epidemiology from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Over the past 10 years, her work has largely focused on studying undernutrition in infants aged below 6 months old (u6m) within two main domains: Exploring the potential of using Mid-Upper arm Circumference (MUAC) as a strategy to simplify the identification of at-risk infants aged below 6 months; and enhancing growth and development of malnourished infants recovering from a serious illness. She is currently funded to estimate body composition in malnourished infants u6m, assess breastmilk composition consumed by malnourished infants u6m and develop post-discharge package of care for malnourished infants u6m recovering from hospital treatment. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4806-1307.

Dr Melkamu Berhane (Independent). Melkamu is a paediatrician by background, based at Jimma University, Ethiopia. He is Principal Investigator on a project entitled Management of small and nutritionally at-risk infants under 6 months of age and their mothers: a cluster randomized control trial (cRCT). The project is funded by Eleanor Crook Foundation and being done with the collaboration between Jimma University, GOAL Global and Ethiopia, Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN) and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). The project is being carried out in two sites in Ethiopia: Jimma Zone (relatively stable) and Deder District (an emergency condition) and Melkamu is the overall coordinator of the project in-country. They have finalized the formative phases of the study (quantitative and qualitative) and are preparing to start the cRCT.

Dr Praveen Kumar (Independent). Dr Praveen is a Paediatrician working as Professor of Paediatrics in Lady Hardinge Medical College & Associated Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital, New Delhi, India. He is also lead coordinator of National Center of Excellence for SAM Management which is providing technical support to Ministry of Health & Family welfare, Govt. of India, and different States. He has played a key role in organising two national level consultative meetings to adapt MAMI care pathways for strengthening identification and management of infants under six months with early growth failure. He has a special interest in the areas of paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology & nutrition, paediatric HIV, and public health.

Amanda Murungi Eunice (Independent). Amanda is a Nutritionist with the Ministry of Health (MoH) Uganda, deployed at the Mwanamugimu Nutrition Unit, Mulago National Referral Hospital. She is involved in programming and implementing of Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition, Maternal Infant, Young Child and Adolescent Nutrition, and Early Child Development. Amanda is a member of the National Nutrition Technical Working group at MoH, where she provides technical support and contributes to the development and revision of guidelines, policies, and work plans. She recently supported the revision of the Uganda IMAM guidelines 2020, chapter of management of infants under six months that was informed by the CMAMI tool (version 2). Amanda is passionate about health system strengthening and has been involved in various consultancies ranging from auditing of IMAM and IFE services and the revision of the National Nutrition Service Quality Assessment tools. She also sits on a panel of health experts at the School of Public Health, Makerere University that designs and delivers evidence-based messages on appropriate maternal, new-born, infant, child health and nutrition practices.

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