RAM-OP is a rapid assessment method for measuring the nutritional status and needs, and other related factors that affect older people in humanitarian situations. It includes a questionnaire, a sampling method, and software for data analysis. It allows humanitarian workers to gather evidence on the nutritional vulnerability of older people in emergencies and plan the response accordingly. Elrha’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund supported this innovation at two stages – pilot and scale.
RAM as a product is innovative because of its rapidity in providing statistically robust and precise information for humanitarian programming compared to currently used assessment methods.
A rapid assessment method (RAM) to assess the needs of older people is needed in order to encourage and enable humanitarian organisations to identify the specific needs of this vulnerable group. This survey method would require less time, fewer staff, and would be less costly than the usual methods. RAM-OP can be used in both emergency situations and development contexts. It is hoped that by offering a simplified and cost-effective approach to nutritional surveys, humanitarian workers will be encouraged to consider older people and their needs, and, having a thorough knowledge of their nutritional needs, will implement appropriate feeding programmes targeting older people.
Older people are a neglected group in humanitarian responses. There is a need for a simple, cheap, and rapid tool to assess the nutrition and other needs of older people in humanitarian situations. A prototype Rapid Assessment Method for Older People (RAM-OP) was compared with the SMART method in a pilot in an urban/peri-urban setting in Ethiopia. RAM-OP survey results were comparable to the SMART survey at about two-thirds of the cost. Suggested changes to the RAM-OP method will be piloted in subsequent field trials.View
HelpAge International’s Emergency Humanitarian Health and Nutrition Adviser, Pascale Fritch, gives her insights on their newly launched innovation: RAM-OP – a low-cost tool to test the health needs of older people in emergencies.View
In emergencies, older people are rarely identified as a vulnerable group by ministries’ officials, non-governmental organisations or donors. As a consequence, little information is available about the nutritional status and the needs of older people in emergencies. Furthermore, humanitarian workers often argue that the methodology for assessing the nutritional status of older people is costly and complicated. RAM-OP is a rapid assessment method for measuring the nutritional status and needs, and other related factors that affect older people in humanitarian situations. It includes a questionnaire, a sampling method, and software for data analysis. This final project report provides information on the project methodology, activities, outputs, impact and dissemination of learning.View
A lot of data is collected in the humanitarian space but specific information about older people is still very limited. We needed a methodology for data collection that would be accurate, cheap, replicable and easy to use compared with other methods. The Rapid Assessment Model for Older People (RAM-OP) by HelpAge has been running for 3.5 years as a partnership between ourselves, Valid International and Brixton Health.View
At the end of June, HelpAge International and partners organised a two-day workshop in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa to train various UN, NGO and government organisations on how to use our innovative Rapid Assessment Method for Older People (RAM-OP).View
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