This document provides detailed guidance on the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) community‐based supplementary feeding program, Tom Brown, for nutrition actors within or outside of CRS. Its primary purpose is to provide practical information on Tom Brown programming so that the model of implementation can be replicated or adapted to help children with moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) from deteriorating to severe acute malnutrition (SAM). This program is implemented in an emergency context in northeast Nigeria; however, nutrition actors could adapt it in non‐emergency settings.
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Sara Higgins holds her MPH in International Health and Development from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and a Bachelor’s in Zoology from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to becoming a fellow, she worked in federal healthcare spheres, including four years as a research analyst for an advisory committee providing recommendations to Department of Defense leadership on military health policy. For her Master’s, Sara served in Peace Corps Guatemala with the Master’s International Program. As part of her service, she developed and executed an educational program, A Grassroots Approach to Chronic Malnutrition in Rural Guatemala (based on the positive deviance model), with 31 mothers of children aged 5 and under to combat chronic malnutrition in a rural community. Sara, a Wisconsin native, was motivated to become a Leland fellow given her passion for policy, advocacy, and global health programming.
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Catholic Relief Services (CRS) was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then, CRS has expanded in size to reach more than 130 million people in more than 100 countries on five continents.
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