Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM)

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  • NEW Launch of CMAM ReportClick here to watch a 3 minute introduction to the software, see summary, visit website: Join the CMAM Report webinar: Introduction to CMAM Report’s background, main functions, Q&A. 
    Webinar option 1: 1st Sept 2015, 2.30-4.30 pm (London time)  Join Lync Meeting   
    Webinar option 2: 9th Sept 2015: 2.30-4.30 pm (London time) Join Lync Meeting

  • NEW RUTF RECIPE - IS IT NEEDED?  (RUTF Suitability Survey) UNICEF Supply Division  Closes 4th Sept 2015 Link
    NOUVELLE RECETTE ATPE - est-il nécessaire?   (Enquête sur une utilisation adaptée de l’ATPE)  La Division des approvisionnements de l'UNICEF  Ferme 4 sept 2015 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
  • 143rd American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting and exposition (31 Oct-4 Nov 2015, Chicago, US) Link


Articles & Latest Items (Acute Malnutrition)

  • Effect of emulsifier and viscosity on oil separation in ready-to-use therapeutic food. Int J of Food Sciences and Nutr  Link
  • The impact of Ready-to-Use Supplementary Food (RUSF) in targeted supplementation of children with moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) in South Africa. South African Family Practice  Link
  • Taking Stock: Concern Worldwide’s 15 year contribution to community based management of acute malnutrition. Concern Worldwide  Link
  • Concern Worldwide’s learning from 15 years of community management of acute malnutrition programming. Concern Worldwide Link
  • The MAM'Out project: a randomized controlled trial to assess multiannual and seasonal cash transfers for the prevention of acute malnutrition in children under 36 months in Burkina Faso. BMC Public Health  Link
  • Midupper arm circumference and weight-for-length z scores have different associations with body composition: evidence from a cohort of Ethiopian infants. The Am J of Clinical Nutr Link
  • 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
  • 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
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)

  • Nepal nutrition and food security portallaunched by the Government of Nepal and can be accessed at:
  • United Nations global nutrition agenda, delivering on the commitment to eradicate malnutrition in all its forms: the role of the UN system. UNSCN  Link
  • Scaling up impact on nutrition: what will it take? Advances in Nutrition: An Int Review J Link
  •  Independent comprehensive evaluation of the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement. Final report. Main report and annexes. Mokoro Ltd, in partnership with Valid Int and FEG Consulting Link   Synthesis of responses. SUN Link
    Évaluation globale indépendante du Mouvement pour le renforcement de la Nutrition SUN. Final Report. Résume exécutif. Mokoro Ltd, en partenariat avec Valid Int et FEG Lien
  • 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
  • DFID's aid spending for nutrition: 2013.  DFID Link
  •  The double burden of undernutrition and overnutrition in developing countries: an update.  Obesity Reports  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

  • Collectively improving nutrition in Ethiopia - Together for Nutrition (15 June 2015, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)  Link
  • 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)