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M&E Plan

 

Indicator Definition Baseline

(current value)

Target Data Source Frequency Responsible Reporting
Goal Lower percentages of chronically malnourished children The number of children who experience impaired growth and development due to unhealthy diets divided by the total number of children in the country, multiplied by 100 38% [1] 15% Initially, the metrics of success for our product will be arm circumference, height, and weight

CHWs and Nurses will take blood tests for vitamin content

Annually CHWs and nurses at hospitals and in villages Annual report
Outcomes Improved quality of life for children The number of children that mothers describe as living happy lives divided by the total number of children in SL, multiplied by 100 NA More active, happier, healthier Surveys asking mothers about children’s behavior and health Every 6 months Mothers Mother’s report every 6 months
Outputs Lower number of families seeking medical treatment The number of children who are acutely malnourished due to long-term malnutrition 17% [1] 5% Nurses at hospitals and doctors offices, CHWs Monthly Nurses/Doctors Annual report
Lower child mortality rate In the long term, higher micronutrient levels in children could reduce the number of children dying to malnutrition 26% by the age of 5- 46% due to malnutrition = 12% children die before the age of 5 due to malnutrition 12% National census or reporting by CHWs Every 10 years or every 6 months National employees or CHWs Depends

 

Logic model

 

Inputs Activities Outputs Outcomes Goal alignment
Funding

World Hope Resources

Lehigh University resources

Develop a supplemental food product

Hire workers, teach them how to make product

Get product into market to be sold (advertised well)

Less children need to receive care for acute malnutrition Happier lives for children and families as a result

Lower child mortality rate

Lower number of nutritionally stunted children in Sierra Leone

These outcomes and outputs would align perfectly with our original goals for the project

 

Assumptions:

  • Children will continuously eat enough of our therapeutic food to improve their nutrition levels
  • Children will enjoy eating our food
  • Mothers will be willing to pay for our food
  • Nurses and CHWs will continue to monitor malnutrition

 

Social Return on Investment for your project.

 

Health spending encompasses 9% of Sierra Leone’s national budget, and mothers and children under 5 receive free healthcare. Additionally, Sierra Leone has one of the higher GDPs of underdeveloped countries, but is lower in terms of health, education, and standard of living. If our product sold at just 500 units/day in the beginning, this would impact approximately 167 children under the age of 5. [2] With that being said, SROI does not include saving the government money. Our product aims to improve the micronutrient levels in children and limit the number of chronically malnourished kids. Malnutrition causes issues with a child’s cognitive development, so if we can impact around 150 children’s nutrition levels, those 150 children will have more of an ability to learn and succeed in school and eventually contribute to the economy. Well nourished children are also less susceptible to disease because their immune system are more healthy, so our product could impact savings to health services in Sierra Leone. Because families are not responsible for paying for their child’s healthcare when they are under the age of 5, they are not necessarily saving money they would spend on healthcare. Our product will be at least five times cheaper than other therapeutic foods, like Bennimix, but because they are not responsible for paying for healthcare until after their child is over 5, it cannot be used to truly quantify the success of our product. It is difficult to give a value of our SROI ratio, but it is something we will continue to research and try to quantify.

 

References:

  1. https://dhsprogram.com/pubs/pdf/FR297/FR297.pdf
  2. https://www.afro.who.int/sites/default/files/2017-08/Sierra%20Leone%20Health%20Sector%20%20Performance%20Report%202016.pdf

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