Kavle Consulting

Track record

Contributing to the development of the District Health Information Software-2 (DHIS-2) Nutrition Modules in close collaboration with UNICEF. This is inclusive of the development/ inputs to background technical documents, dashboard(s), scorecard(s), and indicators. These modules will harmonize routine collection of nutrition data within health systems of low and middle-income countries

Conducted landscape analyses of facilitating factors and barriers to young children’s diets, 6-23 months of age, in 6 countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA). This work was through the lens of food systems, health systems, social protection, and WASH, per recent UNICEF guidance.  The landscape work consisted of DHS descriptive analyses, literature review for peer-reviewed and grey literature from the past 10 years, key informant stakeholder interviews with countries, and a desk review of country policies, strategies and programs. Developed nutrition content and messages for cell phone application for the EECA region, that was deployed during COVID-19, and included content on COVID-19 and breastfeeding, complementary feeding, and child growth, tailored to the cultural context of the region and based on latest global guidance and evidence. This work culminated into:

  • 1 technical report, 1 regional policy brief and 6 country policy briefs
  • A webinar on  “Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 on Child Nutrition” https://www.jhsph.edu/alumni/attend-an-event/spotlight-series/spotlight-series-with-justine-kavle  with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, that featured the development of a cell phone application for parents for rapid deployment of information to dispel misperceptions around infant and young child nutrition (IYCN) due to COVID-19.  Global recommendations on IYCN and COVID-19 were translated to the unique context of the region.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Kenya, we documented  infant formula industry tactics targeting health providers during the COVID-19 pandemic, and key actions taken by the Government of Kenya to protect and support breastfeeding practices. This culminated in a Healthy Newborn Network (HNN) blog published during World Breastfeeding Week 2020.:

How Kenya is fighting back to protect breastfeeding: Addressing infant formula industry tactics during COVID-19

Contributed to 5.2 million children reached with nutrition interventions in 11 sub-Saharan African and 2 Latin America & Caribbean countries

Led teams to develop:

  • 14 country guidelines, strategies, and policies for nutrition
  • 12 peer-reviewed publications
  • 14 technical briefers and reports
  • 10 materials for social behavior change
  • 6 global guidance materials

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Contributed to success in nutrition in 5 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East

Developed:

  • 11 technical briefers and reports
  • 4 peer-reviewed publications
  • 3 country-based SBCC materials

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Leadership in monitoring and evaluation for scale-up activities contributed to:

  • 7 operations research studies examining the scale-up of
    family planning

  • 5 in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America

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