Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM)

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'About the CMAM Forum', an interactive initiative that promotes sharing of information


  • CMAM Forum resource update: November 2014. Link
  • Call for applications: Professional Diploma in “Humanitarian Health & Nutrition for Managers. SCF, London School of Tropical Medicine. Deadline: 16 Jan 2015 Flier
  • Call for contributions for SCN News 41 (focus on post 2015 nutrition). UNSCN Deadline: 5 Jan 2015 Link
  • Postdoctoral fellowships on agriculture, nutrition, health. IMMANA Call for applications: deadline: 10 Jan 2015 Link
  • 2nd Int.Congress Hidden Hunger (3-6 March 2015, Stuttgart, Germany)  Link
  • Breastfeeding, social justice and equity: Reflecting, reclaiming, re-visioning;10th Breastfeeding and Feminism Int.Conference (19-20 March 2015, North Carolina, USA)  Link
  • Evidence Based Well Child Care Conference (14-16 May 2015, Ankara, Turkey) Int Society for Social Pediatrics Link
  • 3rd FANUS Conference 2015 (25-29 May 2015, Arusha, Tanzania) FANUS Flier
  • 2nd Int.Conference on Global Food Security. Elsevier (11-14 Oct 2015, Cornell Univ, NY, USA) Link






Articles Latest Items (Acute Malnutrition)

  • Severe acute malnutrition and infection.  Paediatrics and Int Child Health Link
  • Extending supplementary feeding for children under five with moderate acute malnutritionleads to lower relapse rates. [Abstract] J of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutr   Link
  • Safety of using mid-upper arm circumference as a discharge criterion in community-based management of severe acute malnutrition in children aged 6–59 months. FANTA  Link
  • Late presentation to hospital services necessitates greater community-based care for malnourished children. [Abstract] J of Tropical Pediatr Link
  • Management of severe acute malnutrition in low-income and middle-income countries. Archives of Disease in Childhood Link
  • Barriers to access for severe acute malnutrition treatment services in Pakistan and Ethiopia: a comparative qualitative analysis. [Abstract] Public Health Nutrition Link
  • Home based therapy for severe acute malnutrition with ready-to-use foods. from Paediatrics and Int Child Health series Link
  • Use of innovative Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in nutrition service delivery. CMAM Forum  Link
  • Normes à satisfaire pour les données factuelles dans le cadre des recherches sur « ce qui marche » dans la prise en charge de la MAM. Forum PCMA Lien 
    Standards of evidence for research on 'what works' in the management of MAM. CMAM Forum  Link
  • Prévention de la malnutrition aigüe modérée (MAM) à travers des interventions spécifiques à la nutrition. Forum PMCA Lien   
    Preventing Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) through nutrition-specific interventions. CMAM Forum Link
  • Prise en charge de la malnutrition aigüe modérée (MAM) : connaissances et pratiques en vigueur. Forum PMCA Lien    
    Management of Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM): current knowledge and practice. CMAM Forum Link
  • Donner sa place au kwashiorkor : Phase 2 : Fiche d’information ; nov 2014. Forum PCMA, ACF-UK, UNICEF, OMS  Lien
    Putting kwashiorkor on the map: Phase two: Information sheet; Nov 2014.  CMAM Forum, ACF-UK, UNICEF, WHO  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)

  • Global nutrition report 2014: Actions and accountability to accelerate the world's progress on nutrition. IFRPI  Link
  • Global nutrition targets 2025: policy briefs. WHO Link
    -    Global targets tracking tool. WHO Link  WHO global nutrition targets: complementary infographics. 1000 Days Link
  • Nutrition and malnutrition in low-and middle-income countries. [Abstracts] Paediatrics and Int Child Health Link  Contents   
  • Programming experiences and learning from the nutrition response to the Syrian crisis (includes Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Iraq, regional). ENN Link
  • Reframing undernutrition: faecally-transmitted infections and the 5 As. IDS Link
    -Nutritional care of children and adults with Ebola virus disease in treatment centres. Interim guideline. WHO/UNICEF/WFP Link
    -Recommendations for breastfeeding/infant feeding in the context of Ebola. CDC Link
    - Infant feeding in the context of the Ebola outbreak - guidance document. UNICEF/WHO/IFE Core Group Link

Documentation of Meetings Held

  • The Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2). FAO, WHO (19-21 Nov 2014, Rome, Italy)  Rome declaration on nutrition Link Framework for action Link
  • iCCM and nutrition technical working group meeting (11-12 Dec, NY, US). Webex recordings, day 1 Link  day 2 Link
  • Stop Stunting. UNICEF South Asia (10-12 Nov 2014, Delhi, India) Presentations and interviews Link

Training & Reference Materials

  • 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)