Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM)

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  • Transforming Nutrition short course, registration open. India 3-7 Nov 2014 Flier
  • Technical Meeting on Nutrition  ENN (7-9 Oct 2014, Oxford, UK)   Link  
  • Climate change, conflict, and instability meeting. Catastrophes and Conflict Forum (31 Oct 2014, London, UK) Link
  • III World Congress of Public Health Nutrition (7-12 Nov 2014, Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain) Link
  • ICN2 Second International Conference on Nutrition  (19-21 Nov 2014, Rome, Italy) Link
  • 2nd International Congress Hidden Hunger (3-6 March 2015, Stuttgart, Germany)  Flier



Latest Items (Acute Malnutrition)

  • Community engagement: Putting the “C” at the Heart of CMAM. CMAM Forum Link
  • The immune system in children with malnutrition - a systematic review. PloS One  Link
  • Measuring the burden of severe acute malnutrition: Current challenges. Global Nutrition Report blog  Link
  • Mesalazine in the initial management of severely acutely malnourished children with environmental enteric dysfunction: a pilot randomized controlled trial. BMC Medicine Link
  • Home-based therapy for severe acute malnutrition with ready-to-use food.  Paediatrics and Int Child Health Link
  • Severe malnutrition: building on the past for a brighter future and other articles. FNB Special Supplement  Link
  • Technical briefing paper: Associations between wasting and stunting, policy, programming and research implications. ENN Link
  • Key resources for management of acute malnutrition. CMAM Forum Link
    Ressources clés pour la prise en charge de la malnutrition aigüe. Juin 2014. Forum PCMA 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 PCMA LienModerate 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)

  • Infant feeding in the context of the Ebola outbreak - guidance document. UNICEF/WHO/IFE Core Group Link
  • Randomised trials in child health in developing countries 2013-14. ICHRC Link
  • Lessons learned -  framework for scaling up IYCF programmes. Alive and Thrive  Advocacy  Link   Interpersonal communication and community mobilization Link  Mass communication Link
  • Nutrition training in medical and other health professional schools in West Africa: the need to improve current approaches and enhance training effectiveness. Global Health Action Link
  • Nutrition in emergencies: Do we know what works? Food Policy Link

Documentation of Meetings Held 

  • 2020 conference on building resilience for food and nutrition security. IFPRI (15-17 May, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) Video highlights Link
  • Int symposium on understanding moderate malnutrition in children for effective interventions. IAEA (27-29 May, Vienna, Austria) Final report Link Presentations and videos Link   

Training & Reference Materials

  • Vidéo/podcast : Estimation du nombre d’enfants sévèrement malnutris dans une population (Briend A)  Link
  • Vidéo/podcast :Utilisation du périmètre brachial dans l'identification des enfants atteints de malnutrition aiguë sévère (Briend A). Link  

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)