Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM)

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This project is funded by European Union humanitarian aid and supports the scale up of quality interventions to address acute malnutrition.



  • The CMN has just launched their new coverage support package, detailing the services they offer Link 
  • April 2016: New on the CMAM Forum Link
  • En-net has recently launched a 'Partnership for Research' platform Link 
  • ACF Annual Science Conference - 9th November 2016 Link
  • Call for abstracts, World Nutrition Cape Town, 30th August – 2nd September 2016 Link
  • Call for abstracts for the 7th African Nutrition Epidemiology Conference (ANEC VII) Deadline is 31st May. Conference website Link
  • Nutritional Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM): A Capacity Building Workshop; Organised by the Public Health Foundation of India 8-12 August 2016. Link


Recently Published Articles & Items

  • NEW from the CMAM Forum, a digest of the paper from Isanaka et al., 'Routine Amoxicillin for uncomplicated severe acute malnutrition in children' Link
  • NEW from the CMAM Forum. J.L. Alvarez, N. Dent, L. Browne, M. Myatt and A. Briend., 'Putting Child Kwashiorkor on the Map.' CMAM Forum Technical Brief, March 2016 Link
  • NEW from the CMAM Forum. K. Phelan, S. Shepherd, and C. Fabiansen, M., 'Should we have height cut offs to define treatment for children with acute malnutrition.' CMAM Forum FAQ, April 2016 Link
  • CMAM Forum. H. Delisle, 'A plea for improved knowledge sharing on malnutrition in French for Africa; policy brief' CMAM Forum Technical Brief, Feb 2016 Link
  • Unicef NutriDash Global Report 2014 (Recently Published) Link
  • Treatment outcomes of a hospital based SAM treatment programme in Ethiopia Pediatrics & Therapeutics Link
  • Children with Moderate Acute Malnutrition with no access to Supplementary Feeding Programmes experience high rates of deterioration and no improvement: results from a prospective cohort study in rural Ethiopia PLOS One Link
  • Testing the use of the single coverage estimator for assessing the coverage of selective feeding programs for moderate acute malnutrition CMN Link
  • UNSCN Strategic Plan 2016-2020 Link
  • Investing in Nutrition- The Foundation for Development. Report by World Bank, Results for Development, 1000 Days, and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Link
  • ACF Statement on Financing Global Nutrition Targets Link
  • Analysis of Hospital Records on Treatment Outcome of Severe Acute Malnutrition: The Case of Gondar University Tertiary Hospital.   Pediat Therapeut Link
  • Use of a two-stage approach to identify intervention priorities for reduction of acute undernutrition in Abaya district of Ethiopia ENN Field Exchange Link
  • Integrating acute malnutrition interventions into national health systems: lessons from Niger BMC Public Health Link




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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 LinkIntegration of Nutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support into Uganda’s Routine Health Service Delivery. Spring LinkInterim operational considerations for feeding support of infants and young children under 2 years of age in refugee and migrant transit settings in Europe. UNHCR, UNICEF, WHO, SCF, ENN 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)