Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM)

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


  • Capacity Building Workshop on Nutritional Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) workshop. Indian Institute of Public Health, Delhi (IIPH-D (1-5 Dec 2014, Delhi, India) Last date of registration: 15 Nov Link
  • Good for business and poor people? The role of the private sector in tackling undernutrition: IDS co-hosted panel discussion. (3 Nov 2014, London, UK) Reserve a place Link
  • Nutrition-relevant policy and action in eastern Africa: Call for research concept notes. Transform Nutrition. Deadline: 21 Nov 2014 Link
  • Applications for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 2015 visiting fellowship scheme now open. Deadline: 2 Nov 2014 Link
  • Climate change, conflict, and instability meeting Catastrophes and Conflict Forum (31 Oct 2014, London, UK) Link
  • NEW Where Next? Maternal and Child Health in the Post MDG Agenda. UK Int Child Health Group Conference 2014 (6 Nov 2014, Liverpool, 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
  • iCCM and nutrition technical working group meeting (11-12 Dec, IRC office, NY, US).This meeting will present the results of the desk review on linking nutrition and iCCM/CCM services to identify emerging lessons and remaining knowledge gaps. For attendance email Saul Guerrero contact or Casie Tesfai contact
  • 2nd International Congress Hidden Hunger (3-6 March 2015, Stuttgart, Germany) Scholarship deadline extension: 30 Oct 2014 Link
  • Breastfeeding, social justice and equity: Reflecting, reclaiming, re-visioning; 10th Breastfeeding and Feminism  Int Conference (19-20 March 2015, North Carolina, USA) Link
























Latest Items (Acute Malnutrition)

  • The Malnutrition and Enteric Disease Study (MAL- ED): Understanding the consequences for child health and development. [Series of various related articles] Clinical Infectious Diseases  Link
  • Ready to use therapeutic food (RUTF): An overview. Advances in Life Sciences and Health Link
  • Évaluation de la couverture de la prise en charge communautaire de la malnutrition aigüe. dossier technique. Version 2. Forum PCMA Lien (Previously released in English: Assessment of coverage of community-based management of acute malnutrition, version 2. Link)
  • Closing the gap: towards a 2030 wasting target. Generation Nutrition Policy Briefing Link
  • Management of moderate acute malnutrition: current knowledge and practice.CMAM Forum Link
  • Preventing moderate acute malnutrition through nutrition specific interventions.CMAM Forum Link
  • Measuring the burden of severe acute malnutrition: Current challenges. Global Nutrition Report blog  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)

  • EBOLA NEW Interim guideline: Nutritional care in adults and children infected with Ebola virus disease in treatment centres. WHO/UNICEF/WFP Link
    -Ebola Communication Network (ECN) launched. Health Communication Capacity Collaborative Link 
    -Free Ebola webinar series: “Training health workers for Ebola—Protection, detection, and response." mPowering Frontline Health Workers, IntraHealth International, HIFA and TechChange Link
    -Recommendations for breastfeeding/infant feeding in the context of Ebola. CDC Link
    - Updated guidance: Infant feeding in the context of the Ebola outbreak - guidance document. UNICEF/WHO/IFE Core Group Link
  • 2014 Global hunger index. IFPRI  Link
  • Vitamin A policies need rethinking. Int. J. Epidemiol Link


Documentation of Meetings Held 

  • Technical meeting on nutrition.  ENN (7-9 Oct 2014, Oxford, UK) Presentations 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 « »
  • Leveraging agriculture for nutrition in South Asia. LANSA  New free online course is now available to help government advisors and practitioners understand the links between agriculture, nutrition and health Link
  • Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-E) Toolkit, v2 Save the Children 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)