March 22, 2016
DARA is currently conducting an Impact Evaluation for the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) of the World Food Programme’s (WFP) program targeting moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) in humanitarian situations in Chad focusing on the Chadian population living along the Sahelian belt. Global acute malnutrition (GAM) rates in Chad have remained consistently high over the last ten years. The Sahelian belt has the highest rates of GAM in country, exceeding 15 percent during the lean season every year and during humanitarian crises, but are widespread in both emergency and non-emergency contexts.
The evaluation aims to assess the impact of WFP’s MAM interventions in Chad and improve understanding of the relationship between malnutrition treatment and prevention work. Previous research on the inter-relation between prevention and treatment of MAM is limited, and one of the greatest challenges is the lack of evidence, consensus and programmatic guidance on how to prevent MAM through addressing the underlying causes with nutrition-sensitive interventions. The evaluation findings are expected to provide insights for nutrition actors in Chad on the best design for addressing MAM in country and provide inputs to the current national nutrition protocol as well as influence WFP´s MAM programmes through its partners.