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Kavle Consulting, a partner to USAID’s Enhancing Nutrition Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning in the Health Sector (NuMERAL) project, is conducting a review of key research, evidence, and learning gaps across nutrition-health integrated programming and early childhood development.

Kavle Consulting, a partner to USAID’s Momentum, with Save the Children & Jhpiego, carried out a landscape analyses consisting of a literature review and key informant interviews. The aim of this analyses is to understand facilitating factors and barriers to implementation of balanced energy protein (BEP) supplementation for underweight women as part of antenatal care services. Findings will be used to guide country programs, policies and shape global actions and guidance.

  • In partnership with Catholic Relief Services, Kavle Consulting, LLC led an implementation-oriented assessment examining traditional food preservation methods, in relation to complementary feeding practices for children 6-24 months of age, using Trials of Improved Practices (TIPs) in Isiolo and Marsabit counties, Kenya.  This information was triangulated with child diet and qualitative data from elder women, fathers and key informants collected during dry and rainy seasons.
  • Study results culminated into a report, brief, and PowerPoint presentation.  Importantly, study findings informed on the design of programmatic approaches to improve complementary feeding practices and food preservation processes to be rolled out during the USAID-BHA-funded Nawiri project.
  • Development of a publication is ongoing

Kavle Consulting is leading a project to provide tailored adolescent and youth bicycle education, cycling skills, and outreach for underserved Washington D.C. urban communities, as part of local climate change initiatives.  Kavle Consulting is leading this effort in partnership with a local coalition of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) cycling groups, mechanics and advocates in Washington D.C.

Partnership with Vitamin Angels to build capacity of health providers (i.e. physicians, nurses) and nutritionists on maternal nutrition within African, Asian and Latin American country contexts. Kavle Consulting is collaborating with Vitamin Angels in the development of a global maternal nutrition online course, using an evidence to implementation lens, which includes the development of country case studies in collaboration with in-country nutritionists and experts.

Partnership with ADRA International  USAID’s Food for Peace FIOVANA (“Change”) Project, in the adaptation of the Baby Friendly Community Initiative (BFCI) from the Kenya to the Madagascar context, and from a cultural, health system, and programming context.  We adapted the BFCI Training of Trainers (ToT) and Participant manuals for community health providers and delivered the ToT in French, with virtual and in-person exercises and interactive engagement, as part of initial BFCI implementation. 

Collaborated with the Core Group and USAID’s Momentum 3b project in the adaptation of community engagement and partnership approaches to improve COVID-19 vaccination uptake across sub-Saharan Africa. Developed program recommendations and a report outlining the evidence and promising community approaches for improving COVID-19 immunization, in the context of lessons learned from development and humanitarian emergency evidence and programs.  

  • Contributed to the development of District Health Information Software-2 (DHIS-2) Nutrition Module in close collaboration with UNICEF – which included: the creation of background documents, development of indicators and definitions, data visualizations, and working with technical working group experts/stakeholders and University of Oslo (UiO) in the finalization process. This module will harmonize routine collection of nutrition data within health systems of low and middle-income countries. 
  • The DHIS-2 standard nutrition module can be found here:  https://dhis2.org/metadata-package-downloads/
  • Developed first iteration of DHIS-2 training materials to be delivered in tandem with roll out of nutrition modules with UNICEF headquarters and relevant country counterparts
  • Collaborated in the development of background information to inform on maternal nutrition strategy and counseling efforts, and provided input on strategy for piloting maternal nutrition interventions

– 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 messages for a EECA regional cell phone application 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 published with UNICEF ECARO, 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

Prior to the start of Kavle Consulting, key members of our team contributed to MCSP’s leadership and strategy for nutrition-health programming- reaching 5.2 million children with nutrition interventions in 11 sub-Saharan African and 2 Latin America & Caribbean countries. Led the nutrition portfolio for one of the largest U.S. government global flagship health projects which integrated nutrition into RMNACH service delivery, training and supervision, governance, social behavior change, implementation research, and use of data/evidence for action. 

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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