Valid International (VI) was established in 1999 to promote evidence-based reform of humanitarian practice. The organization is best known for its work leading up to the international adoption of the community-based management of acute malnutrition. Frustrated by the ineffectiveness of the existing model of inpatient care for children suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM), VI, in collaboration with the Irish NGO Concern Worldwide, developed an outpatient approach that would radically change the way that SAM is treated and that would greatly improve cure rates and coverage.
Today VI specialises in the provision of expert technical support and the research, development and implementation of techniques to improve the quality, impact and accountability of any endeavour that aims to improve global health and nutrition. Our mission is to improve global health and nutrition with evidence-based, equitable, high impact solutions.
We are headquartered in Oxford-UK, with a global reach through our network of partners and field based consultants.
Valid was the pioneer of CMAM.
- We draw on this expertise to take a holistic approach in operational research, knowledge transmission and communication with all stakeholders.
Valid has a proven track record:
- We have provided highly specialised technical support for programmes that aim to address undernutrition in over 44 countries worldwide
- We have delivered over 250 completed surveys over a 10 year period. Examples of our mapping results are outlined in our Portfolio site.
- We have published over 54 research studies examining various aspects of undernutrition in well-respected academic journals
- We have worked with a wide range of partners ranging from national Governments, the UN, NGOs and the private sector in a range of disciplines including epidemiology, medicine, ethnography and nutrition
Valid continues to innovate:
- In the areas of design and scale up of interventions that aim to address undernutrition and poor health
- In the areas of spatial mapping and survey methodologies to improve accountability of actions
- In the areas of research into the complex causes of undernutrition and its solutions
- In the areas of nutrition (product) formulations and research trials;
- In the areas of ‘routes to market’ for food companies seeking to sustainably enter the low-income consumer segment (base of the pyramid)