Podcast Episode 5: “A Million House Calls” with Regine Kopplow and Meghan Anson

Source: Sufilana Alubino, USAID

Can we really rid the world of hunger and malnutrition in under a decade? The Nourishing Millions podcast series, undertaken in partnership with the University of Michigan School of Public Health, features the latest groundbreaking thinking about nutrition from top policymakers, researchers, and practitioners. Together, the episodes tell the story of how small and large movements—and everyday people—can help us achieve a food- and nutrition-secure world.

In this week’s episode, we chat with Regine Kopplow and Meghan Anson of Concern Worldwide, who tell the story of how Malawi responded to crisis-levels of malnutrition among young children in 2002 by piloting a new approach: Community-Based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM). Instead of treating malnourished children within traditional hospital settings, CMAM empowered local communities and health volunteers to proactively treat- and prevent- the most severe forms of malnutrition. In Malawi, this innovative approach was able to increase the percentage of children reached and treated from 10 percent to 70 percent. Ms. Kopplow and Ms. Anson discuss the current challenges and successes associated with CMAM, which has now been endorsed by partners such as WHO, UNSCN and UNICEF and rolled out to more than 60 countries around the world.

Listen to the episode on SoundCloud or iTunes

Previous episodes of the podcast series are also available:

Episode 1. "Grasshopper a la Mode" with Jacob Anankware: SoundCloud or iTunes.

Episode 2. "From the Farm to the Schoolhouse" with Catherine Bertini: Soundcloud or iTunes

Episode 3. "The Private Sector Puzzle" with Lawrence Haddad: Soundcloud or iTunes

Episode 4. "Can Nutrition Beat the Heat?" with Sam Myers: SoundCloud or iTunes

Blog Post by: Grace Heymsfield and Rina Hisamatsu

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