Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM)

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NEW: CMAM Forum Coordinator required. Please share with colleagues. For details or to apply, until 17 August: Link
NOUVELLE : Coordinateur du PCMA Forum recherché. Prière de bien vouloir partager avec vos collègues et vos partenaires. Pour plus de détails ou pour appliquer, jusqu’à 17 aout : Lien

  • NEW: CMAM Forum resource update: July 2015. Link
    NOUVELLE : Mise a jour des ressources du Forum PCMA : juillet 2015. Lien
  • NEW RUTF RECIPE - IS IT NEEDED?  (RUTF Suitability Survey) UNICEF Supply Division Link
    NOUVELLE RECETTE ATPE - est-il nécessaire?   (Enquête sur une utilisation adaptée de l’ATPE)  La Division des approvisionnements de l'UNICEF  Lien 
  • Nutritional Management of Children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) (17-21 Aug 2015, Delhi, India) Public Health Foundation of India Link
  • 2015 Integrated Nutrition Conference: 1,000 days of life: new approaches for integrated strategies to improve children’s lives (14-15 Sept 2015, Nairobi, Kenya) Link
  • Nutrition sensitive programming and related policy and research, special edition of Field Exchange by ENN, Dec 2015. Call for content: deadline 10th Sept Link


Articles & Latest Items (Acute Malnutrition)

  • Coverage of community-based management of severe acute malnutrition programmes in twenty-one countries, 2012-2013. PLOS One  Link
  • Community engagement for CMAM. Technical brief. CMN  Link
  • Severe acute malnutrition management in Nigeria. Challenges, lessons and the road ahead. ACF Int  Link
  • Bioimpedance index for measurement of total body water in severely malnourished children: assessing the effect of nutritional oedema. Clinical Nutrition Link
  • Ready-to-use therapeutic food feasibility study (Nigeria 2015). Save the Children, GSK  Link
  • Relapses from acute malnutrition and related factors in a community‐based management programme in Burkina Faso.Maternal & Child Nutrition  Link
  • Balancing omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTF). BMC Medicine Link
  • Mothers understand and can do it (MUAC): a comparison of mothers and community health workers determining mid-upper arm circumference in 103 children aged from 6 months to 5 years. Archives of Public Health Link
  • New implications for controversial kwashiorkor treatment. Paeds and Int Child Health Link
  • Managing acute malnutrition: a review of the evidence and country experiences in South Asia and a recommended approach for Bangladesh. FANTA III Link
monitoring of CMAM programmes
Severe malnutrition: building on the past for a brighter future and other articles.FNB Special Supplement LinKey resources for acute malnutrition.CMAM Forum LinRessources clés pour la prise en charge de la malnutrition aigüe. Juin 2014.Forum PCMALienModerate acute malnutrition: A decision tool for emergencies. Updated June 2014 GNC  LinkDevelopment and acceptability testing of ready-to-use supplementary food made from locally available food ingredients in Bangladesh. BMC Pediatrics Link

General (Health & Nutrition)

  • The effect of payment and incentives on motivation and focus of community health workers: five case studies from low-and middle-income countries. Human Resources for Health Link
  • Balancing discovery and delivery. The role of nutrition research in achieving sustainable development. Sight and Life  Link
  • Action-oriented population nutrition research: high demand but limited supply. Global Health: Science and Practice Link
  • Nutrition and the post-2015 development agenda. Seizing the opportunity. SCN News  Link


  • Prise en charge nutritionnelle des enfants et des adultes atteints de maladie à virus Ebola dans les centres de traitement. Lignes directrices provisoires. OMS Lien   Previously released in English: Nutritional care of children and adults with Ebola virus disease in treatment centres. Interim guideline. WHO/UNICEF/WFP Link
  • L’alimentation du nourrisson dans le contexte du virus Ebola – Mise à jour. UNICEF/OMS/CDC/ENN  Lien Previously released in English: Infant feeding in the context of the Ebola outbreak – updated guidance UNICEF/WHO/IFE Core Group  Link

Documentation of Meetings Held

  • Nutrition Supplier Meetings (30 June 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark). Biennial meeting for UNICEF's current and potential suppliers of productes used in nutrition services.  UNICEF Supply Division  Link

  • RUTF pre-bid conferences (1 and 2 July 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark). LNS industry consultation and pre-tender consultation with RUTF manufacturers. UNICEF Supply Division Link

Training & Reference Materials

 حمل SQUEAC و SLEAC: طرق منخفضة الموارد لتقييم الوصول والتغطية في برامج التغذية المختارة 

Translated into Arabic by the Yemen Nutrition Cluster from the English: SQUEAC & SLEAC : Low resource methods for evaluating access and coverage in selectivefeeding programsLink

  • Pôle francophone sur le double fardeau nutritionnel (Pôle DFN)  Link  Voici un cours autodidacte sur la prise en charge et la prévention de la malnutrition sévère. Pour y avoir accès et pour des renseignements complémentaires, envoyer une demande à « »

The CMAM approach includes:

  • Community outreach for community involvement and early detection, referral of cases of acute malnutrition and follow up of problem cases,
  • Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) in outpatient care for children 6-59 months without medical complications,
  • Management of SAM in inpatient care for children 6-59 months with medical complications and children under 6 months with acute malnutrition,
  • Management of Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) for children 6-59 months,
  • The comprehensive CMAM model links with maternal, newborn, and child health and nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, food security and livelihood, and other community outreach initiatives.

CMAM is also referred to as IMAM (Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition) or CTC (Community-based Therapeutic Care)