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Concern wins innovation award

Concern Worldwide, Valid Nutrition and Irish Aid were named winners of the “Organisational Systems and Processes” category at the Irish Times All Island Innovation Awards.

The award recognised the extraordinary success of community management of acute malnutrition, or CMAM*. CMAM is a revolutionary method of treating childhood malnutrition which has saved millions of lives across the developing world.

Empowering communities

Concern and Valid, with the support of Irish Aid, pioneered CTC in 2002. Rather than setting up large central feeding stations, Concern and Valid realised that malnourished people could be treated in their own homes.

By empowering communities to understand and address malnutrition, CTC has supported an eightfold increase in the number of people accessing treatment, and has significantly reduced mortality rates in children under five.

International recognition

This unique partnership of Irish NGOs and the Irish government resulted in a complete change in how malnutrition is treated. In 2007, the UN adopted the CTC model as best practice. It is now the standard response for NGOs and, increasingly, governments.

Innovations award

The awards were designed to recognise the best innovations in businesses across the island of Ireland. They are open to companies of all sizes, operating throughout the island.

The judges

Over 120 companies entered the competition. Seventeen of these were then shortlisted for the awards by a judging panel, before the final winners were selected. The panel included some of the island’s senior business leaders, including Liam Nellis, Chief Executive, InterTradeIreland; Liam Kavanagh, Managing Director, The Irish Times; Paul Rellis, Managing Director, Microsoft Ireland; Barry Maloney, Founding Partner, Balderton Capital; and Karlin Lillington, Technology Correspondent, Irish Times.

*CMAM was known as community therapeutic care, or CTC, prior to 2011.