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Concern and Valid awarded IMCA Medal for work in malnutrition

The Institute of Management Consultants and Advisers (IMCA), awarded its annual prize for outstanding achievement in management to Tom Arnold and Dr Steve Collins of Valid International.

The award marks the innovative and highly effective collaborative approach to managing acute malnutrition in the developing world, Community-based Therapeutic Care (CTC).

Radical approach

Speaking in Dublin at the award presentation, the Institute’s Vice President, Des McDermott, said “The IMCA is proud to honour Concern Worldwide and Valid International...The work that these organisations carry out has impacted the lives of literally millions of children around the globe. Their radical approach to tackling acute malnutrition has been highlighted as best practice worldwide…This underlines for us the necessity for Governments to keep resources allocated to agencies that demonstrate they can achieve high performance. Networking, collaboration and innovation are all part of the solution.”

International nutrition policy

Tom Arnold, Concern’s Chief Executive stated “I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of the many people in Concern who worked on this project, within our fields and here in Dublin. Our work with Valid, supported by Irish Aid, changed international nutrition policy in the short period of seven years. This has been done through the application of good science, careful gathering of evidence and demonstrating to international policy makers that our different approach to treating malnutrition saves lives.”

Value of partnerships

Accepting his award, Dr Steve Collins of Valid International said “By joining forces, both Valid and Concern were in a position to…reduce the costs associated with a feeding programme. Partnerships are incredibly valuable in this field. Using scientific evidence and back-up to show how we can reduce mortality rates, Concern and Valid International have shifted policy and are encouraging international policy makers and governments to incorporate CTC into healthcare models in developing countries.”