FSNAU Nutrition Update, May 2016

Issued: May 18, 2016

Overview of Health facility based nutrition surveillance (Jan-Mar 2016)

FSNAU compiles and analyses health facility based nutrition survellence data and field reports which are reported through the Nutrition Update. The current Nutrition Update covers data from health facilities and field reports for the period January to March 2016.

The general objective of the health facility based nutritional surveillance is to monitor malnutrition trend (GAM by WFH from screening facilities and admission from therapeutic centers) and other secondary data  before and after the main seasonal assessments (Deyr and Gu) and trace the evolution of malnutrition and other aggravating factors (morbidity and mortality) within the reporting period. The secondary objective of the health facility based nutritional update is also to provide  key secondary facts and figures on nutrition indicators during the reporting period which ultimately serves as an input to feed into the Gu and Deyr IPC analysis as well as input for subsequent assessment sampling plan and strategy. 

 The 2016 health facility based nutritional surveillance report other than the screening data collected from health facility visit, will look into other relevant secondary data and report on admission trends from  therapeutic feeding centers, morbidity data (AWD and measles outbreaks), assessment reports conducted both by partners as well as FSNAU Field Nutrition analysts (monthly reports) and other secondary sources (IRIN web page, UNOCHA and WHO Somalia websites).

Indicator type and analysis:

1.     Screening data from health facilities:  Health facility based screening data from those accessible health facility visits by FSNAU Field Nutrition analysts was compiled and a trend analysis done on the proportions of acutely malnourished under-five children. Four-year data (2012-2015) from each health facilities visited across the three zones was subjected to a quintile distribution and threshold was established to compare against the mean of current reporting months (January - March).

2.     Admission data from therapeutic feeding centers:  admission data compiled from each therapeutic center by the Nutrition cluster was used to do some trend analysis for the current reporting period (January - March). However, as March data have not yet been compiled and shared by the Nutrition cluster, the report will highlight the level of admission case load between the month of January and February only rather than three months trend analysis.

3.     Morbidity and other Field reports (Partners and FSNAU): the health facility based nutrition surveillance report will also infer from emergency triggered and regular nutritional monitoring and evaluation surveys conducted during the reporting period (January-March) as well as other aggravating factors on morbidity and mortality.

After careful analysis of the above indicators and triangulation of the different information, current nutritional outlook among the different respective livelihoods categorized at the three administrative zones (North East, North West and South Central) will be established.

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