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.



  • JANUARY: New on the CMAM Forum/ JANVIER: Du nouveau sur le Forum PCMA Link
  • Give us feedback using our users survey Link
  • Message to members / Message aux membres Link
  • Food Safety Questionnaire for use of Therapeutic Milk F75 and F100 Link

This website covers humanitarian aid activities implemented with the financial assistance of the European Union. The views expressed herein should not be taken, in any way, to reflect the official opinion of the European Union, and the European Commission is not responsible for any use that can be made of the information it contains.


Articles & Latest Items (Acute Malnutrition)

  • Report on the technical meeting on environmental enteric dysfunction, the microbiome and undernutrition IAEA Link
  • Evaluation of the acceptability of improved supplementary foods for the treatment of moderate acute malnutrition in Burkino Faso using a mixed methods approach ALIMA/RIKIM Link
  • Short children with a low midupper arm circumference respond to food supplementation: An observational study from Burkino Faso ALIMA and the University of Copenhagen [Press release] Link 
    Users in low income countries have free full text access to this article [Free abstract available in all countries] Link.
  • Severe Acute Malnutrition's Technical Roundtable ECHO Link
  • Management of severe acute malnutrition in children: working towards results at scale. UNICEF Link
  • Relationship between mid upper arm circumference and weight changes in children aged 6–59 months Link
  • SAM 2020: An Agenda for Scaling-up the Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition by 2020. Action Against Hunger 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)

  • Nutrition interventions for children aged less than 5 years following natural disasters: a systematic review protocol. BMJ Link
  • Integration of Nutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support into Uganda’s Routine Health Service Delivery. Spring Link
  • Interim 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 

Training & Reference Materials 

  • Community based management of uncomplicated SAM in infants < 6 months (C-MAMI) Tool  ENN Link
  • Information Management Toolkit Global Nutrition Cluster Link
  • How to conduct community assessment. CMN  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)