UNICEF - Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM)
Policy Advocacy Using Social Media for Nutrition Awareness and Resource Provisioning to Support Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM). The Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) project was carried out by Nigeria Health Watch under the SSFA and provided by UNICEF. The project ran from September 1, 2017 – November 30, 2017.
The project was borne out of the quest to present a solution to the challenges of severe and acute malnutrition (SAM). The proposed solution sought to advocate for government to make the political choice to fund the treatment and management of severe and acute malnutrition among children under five, commencing with the procurement of ready-to eat therapeutic foods (RTF) and ensuring sustained funding for the most at-risk communities.
The aim of the project was o create awareness about nutrition issues in the media especially the management of SAM, to create a demand and supply for nutrition services, especially public investments around community management of SAM, to engage in media advocacy, put pressure on stakeholders and duty bearers (government at all levels) to take action. Influence government and legislature ultimately.