• Request support for nutrition coordination, information management and nutrition in emergencies

  • التماس الدعم لتنسيق التغذية وإدارة المعلومات والتغذية في حالات الطوارئ

  • Buscar apoyo para la coordinación de la nutrición, la gestión de la información y la nutrición en situaciones de emergencia

  • Demander un appui pour la coordination de la nutrition, la gestion de l'information et la nutrition dans les situations d'urgence

  • Solicite apoio para coordenação em nutrição, gestão de informação e nutrição em emergências


The GNC Technical Alliance provided in-depth support to UNICEF and WFP for community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) and Assessment in 2019 and 2021.

Past support to Angola

CMAM (2019)
Are you considering reviewing SAM and MAM protocols in your country? The example below of past support to Angola shows how the GNC Technical Alliance can support you.




Angola was implementing a national program for the Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM). The IMAM program had challenges that were affecting the quality-of-service delivery leading to poor program performance. The challenges included:

  • Limited community mobilization system,
  • Uncoordinated and ineffective supply chain management,
  • Sub-optimal quality of IMAM services offered,
  • Limited volunteer engagement and support for outreach services,
  • Lack of proper follow-up system for patients,
  • Dual but not consistent monitoring and evaluation systems through the DHIS2,
  • Insufficient funding allocated to IMAM, a weak enabling environment for IMAM implementation.

Furthermore, there was no systematic way of identifying, prioritizing and addressing bottlenecks to access coverage and quality of care of the IMAM program. In May 2019, an initial bottleneck analysis (BNA) of the national Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) program was conducted. Data was collected in 18 provinces during a 2-month period. Although the BNA has the potential to provide an evidence-based indication as to where the SAM program requires reform, the analysis was not finalized due to the limited time. Therefore, the identification of the root causes and relevant solutions was not performed. However, supply chain challenges were identified as a critical inhibiting factor for the SAM program. 

.The request:

The focus of the TST support was to finalize the May 2019 BNA analysis and support the scale-up of quality Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) services at the national level with a strong focus on the drought-affected areas. To be delivered through the health system to meet the increasing needs of the affected populations.

Key achievements:

  • Developed a bottleneck analysis training report and SAM Programme Bottle Neck Analysis report for Cunene.
  • Developed SMART protocols for Huila and Cunene with an implementation strategy.
  • Developed a report on recommendations for improving the quality of the CMAM program in Angola that can direct future work on a scale-up plan for CMAM in the country once the surge team member arrives.


Angola MAM recommendations

Angola SAM report

Recommendations for improving the quality of CMAM programs in Angola based on experience from Cunene.

Assessment (2019)
Are you looking to conduct a SMART survey? This example of the SMART survey to Angola may support you.




A persistent nutrition crisis caused by cyclic drought and flooding affected the southern provinces of Angola.  The 2018-19 rainy season received the lowest seasonal rainfall since the early 1980s. Delayed and erratic rains resulted in reduced crop cultivation and loss of livestock as well as diminishing the availability of water for human consumption. According to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) conducted in July 2019 in the provinces of Cuando Cubango, Cunene, and Huila, it was estimated that 421,127 families were acutely food insecure. The Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) in 2015-2016 reported the highest prevalence of Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) per Weight for Height (WHZ) in Cunene Province (10.5%) while somewhat lower in Huila Province (4.6%). 

In order to generate more evidence and mobilize resources for increased investment in response to the impacts of drought, up-to-date and reliable data on the prevalence of acute and chronic malnutrition in the most affected provinces was needed. 

The request: 

Given the lack of existing expertise to implement SMART surveys in-country, UNICEF Angola requested the Tech RRT to support the implementation of two SMART surveys in the drought-affected Provinces of Huila and Cunene. On 24 November 2019, the Tech RRT Assessment Advisor was deployed to Luanda, Angola. 

Key achievements:

  • Contributed to the Angola SMART survey protocol.
  • Refined and adapted survey tools for data collection, including an electronic questionnaire for mobile data collection.
  • Led the SMART enumerator training with a total of 44 participants.
  • Led the implementation of two SMART surveys in the Cunene and Huila Provinces.
  • Analyzed collected data and disseminated preliminary results.
  • Completed the final Angola SMART report.


Angola SMART Survey Report 

Assessment (2021)
Take a look at the Angola survey questionnaire and guidance for your nutrition survey


UNICEF Angola and WFP Angola


In 2020-2021, Southern Angola experienced one of the worst climate shocks. High temperatures due to poor rainfall and persistent drought caused severe hunger and malnutrition in many parts of the region. The central provinces of Benguela and Huambo received less than 40% of their average rainfall in the period from December to February 2021. The nutrition data from the Multiple-Indicator Cluster and Health Survey (MICS) 2015/16 showed that the prevalence of acute malnutrition in Benguela and Huambo was at 4.6% and 6.0% respectively which was likely to worsen because of drought. WFP visited the two regions and assessed that the harvest losses for corn and beans were 90-100% a serious compromise to the nutrition status of the population. Worse still, health facilities had limited human and equipment capacity to mitigate malnutrition. On the other hand, COVID-19 further exacerbated the situation due to less purchasing power and insufficient acquisition of food on the markets.

The request:

To gather more evidence for advocacy to mitigate the impact of drought, up-to-date data was needed to capture the nutrition situation in the affected province. UNICEF and WFP requested Tech RRT support to implement SMART surveys in Angola.

Key Achievements:

  • One SMART survey protocol and electronic questionnaire were developed and handed over to UNICEF and WFP.
  • Facilitated two 7-day training for enumerators and supervisors in Huila and Cunene.
  • Integrated all materials and tools with COVID-19 measures, ensuring data collection is in accordance with SMART COVID-19 guidance.
  • Led the implementation of 4 SMART surveys in Huila and Cunene.
  • Developed Lubango SMART training report.
  • Monitored and analysed collected data and provided preliminary report Developed final SMART survey report and shared with UNICEF, WFP, and Ministry of Health 


Angola SMART survey protocol

SMART survey questionnaires

SMART Nutrition Surveys in drought-affected municipalities in the provinces of HUÍLA and CUNENE SOUTH ANGOLA November-December 2019 report