9.4.1  Planning for supplies

Before you can plan what supplies you require you need to know the population figures in each of the target groups. This will enable you to estimate the number of tablets or capsules you may need for EOS/CHD. Non-consumable supplies like the MUAC tapes or scissors are needed only if you do not have them in your health post, or the ones you have are damaged. Planning by outreach site may help you to know the number of items you should take with you when conducting EOS/CHD in a particular village. Figure 9.4 shows you the form you should use to help you plans supplies for your village.

Example of micro-planning template for supplies need
Figure 9.4  Example of micro-planning template for supplies need. (Source: Federal Ministry of Health, March 2006, Guidelines for the enhanced outreach strategy (EOS) for child survival interventions)
  • What supplies will you need for undertaking EOS/CHD?

  • The supplies needed include vitamin A capsules, deworming tablets, MUAC tapes, and posters. If ITN distribution is integrated, you will need the ITNs. Albendazole 400 mg, or Mebendazole 500 mg tablets are the most commonly used deworming tablets. You will also need scissors to cut the vitamin A capsules.

You may have also listed weight and height measuring instruments to be used in screening for acute malnutrition. In EOS/CHD these items of equipment are not needed however, because weight-for-height is not one of the measurements used. This is because this measurement takes time to do, and the likelihood of making mistakes in such community screenings is high. There are three instances where there is a risk of making mistakes when measuring weight-for-height; these are when you are taking weight, measuring height and computing the final measurement. Screening for acute malnutrition is done only in food insecure woredas where there is a TSF Programme.

9.4  Planning for EOS/CHD

9.4.2  Social mobilisation