Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM)

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Latest Items (Acute Malnutrition)

  • Economic cost of community-based management of severe acute malnutrition in a Rural District in Ghana. Health Link
  • Technical support and information initiatives on acute malnutrition. Compiled by the CMAM Forum   Link
    Initiatives de soutien technique et de partage d'informations sur la malnutrition aigüe. Compilé par le CMAM Forum  Link
  • Access to all (Vol 3): What can community-based SAM treatment learn from other public health interventions to improve access and coverage? CMN  Link
  • A prospective study of the prevalence of tuberculosis and bacteraemia in Bangladeshi children with severe malnutrition and pneumonia including an evaluation of Xpert MTB/RIF assay.  PLoS One  Link
  • Dermatosis in childen with oedematous malnutrition (kwashiorkor): a review of the literature.  J of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology [Abstract] Link
  • Perspectives for integration into the local health system of community-based management of acute malnutrition in children under 5 years: a qualitative study in Bangladesh. Nutrition J  Link

Documentation of Meetings Held 

  • Wasting & stunting: what do we know about the relationships between them?  Technical meeting 27th Feb.  ENN   Link
  • Regional workshop on the integration of nutrition indicators into permanent agricultural sample surveys in the Sahel and West Africa. Dakar/Sengal, 8 to 10 January 2014. Report   CILSS  Link
    Atelier régional sur l’intégration des indicateurs nutritionnels dans les enquêtes agricoles au Sahel et en Afrique de l’Ouest.  Dakar/Sénégal, 8 au 10 janvier 2014.  Compte rendu des travaux.  CILSS  Lien

General (Health & Nutrition)

  • Extending cluster lot quality assurance sampling designs for surveillance programs. Statistics in Medicine [Abstract]  Link

    Importance of tuberculosis control to address child survival. The Lancet  Link

Reference and Training Materials

  • Practical toolkit for People in Need’s integrated programming for improved nutrition. People in Need  Link
  • Référence technique sur l’évaluation semiquantitative de l’accessibilité et de la couverture (SQUEAC)/ l’évaluation LQAS simplifiée de l’accessibilité et de la couverture (SLEAC).  FANTA, CMN  Link





  • Nutrition Embedding Evaluation Programme (NEEP) grant. PATH  Deadline for application 21 April 2014Link
  • MAMI (Management of acute malnutrition in infants) discussion group on en-net  Link
  • World Health Assembly 2014 WHO (19-24 May, Geneva, Switzerland)  Link
  • International Symposium on Understanding Moderate Malnutrition in Children for Effective Interventions. IAEA (27-29 May 2014, Vienna, Austria)  Link   Flier
  • Micronutrient Forum Global Conference (2-6 June 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)  Link
  • South Asia Conference on Policies and Practices to Improve Nutrition Security Secretariat: Save the Children (30-31 July 2014, New Delhi, India) Link   Flier
  • NEW Technical Meeting on Nutrition  ENN (7-9 Oct 2014, Oxford, UK) Call for abstracts  Link  Abstract template  Link
  • III World Congress of Public Health Nutrition (7-12 Nov 2014, Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain) Link
  • I2nd International Congress Hidden Hunger (3-6 March 2015, Stuttgart, Germany)  Flier

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)