Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM)

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  • NEW CMAM Forum resource update: June 2015.  CMAM Forum mise à jour des ressources: juin 2015  Link/Lien
  • Participate in a stakeholders survey: improving the International Classification of Diseases’ (ICD) usability and effective application of the Nutritional Disorders section in the Endocrine, Nutritional and Metabolic diseases chapter, the Nutrition Depart, WHO.  Comments by 25 July 2015WHO  Link
  • Key trends in humanitarian financing: what do they mean for future resourcing to address crisis, risk and vulnerability? Event and live streaming (6 July 2015, London, UK) Link
  • Nutritional Management of Children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) (17-21 Aug 2015, Delhi, India) Public Health Foundation of India Register by 3 Aug Link
  • 2015 Integrated Nutrition Conference: 1,000 days of life: new approaches for integrated strategies to improve children’s lives (14-15 Sept 2015, Nairobi, Kenya) Abstract deadline: 3 July  Link
  • Clinical Pediatrics, Family and Emergency Medicine Conference(18-20 Sept 2015, Vancouver, Canada) Link
  • Nutrition sensitive programming and related policy and research, special edition of Field Exchange by ENN, Dec 2015. Call for content: deadline 10th Sept Link


Articles & Latest Items (Acute Malnutrition)

  • Ready-to-use therapeutic food feasibility study (Nigeria 2015). Save the Children, GSK  Link
  • West Africa: Integrated management of acute malnutrition programme and stocks report. January-March/April 2015. UNICEF WCARO  Link
  • Relapses from acute malnutrition and related factors in a community‐based management programme in Burkina Faso.Maternal & Child Nutrition  Link
  • Preferences for food and nutritional supplements among adult people living with HIV in Malawi. Public Health Nutrition Link
  • A survival status and predictors of mortality among children aged 0-59 months with severe acute malnutrition admitted to stabilization center at Sekota Hospital Waghemra Zone.J Nutr Disorders Ther Link
  • Balancing omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTF). BMC Medicine Link
  • High oleic ready-to-use therapeutic food maintains docosahexaenoic acid status in severe malnutrition: a randomized, blinded trial. [Abstract] J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr Link
  • Mothers understand and can do it (MUAC): a comparison of mothers and community health workers determining mid-upper arm circumference in 103 children aged from 6 months to 5 years. Archives of Public Health Link
  • New implications for controversial kwashiorkor treatment. Paeds and Int Child Health Link
  • Managing acute malnutrition: a review of the evidence and country experiences in South Asia and a recommended approach for Bangladesh. FANTA III Link
  • Mises à jour de la prise en charge de la malnutrition aiguë sévère chez le nourrisson et chez l’enfant. Lignes directrices. OMS  Lien  Previously released in English: Updates on the management of severe acute malnutrition in infants and children. Guideline. 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)

  • Nutritional interventions for preventing stunting in children (0 to 5 years) living in urban slums (protocol).  The Cochrane Library Link
  • State of the world's mothers. The urban disadvantage. Save the Children Link
  • Action-oriented population nutrition research: high demand but limited supply. Global Health: Science and Practice Link
  • Aetiology and management of malnutrition in HIV-positive children.  BMJ  Link
  • Nutrition and the post-2015 development agenda. Seizing the opportunity.SCN News  Link
  • Prevalence of malnutrition among HIV-infected children in Central and West-African HIV-care programmes supported by the Growing Up Programme in 2011: a cross-sectional study.  BMC Infectious Diseases  Link
  • Desk review of programs integrating family planning with food security and nutrition. FANTA III Link


  • Prise en charge nutritionnelle des enfants et des adultes atteints de maladie à virus Ebola dans les centres de traitement. Lignes directrices provisoires. OMS Lien   Previously released in English: Nutritional care of children and adults with Ebola virus disease in treatment centres. Interim guideline. WHO/UNICEF/WFP Link
  • L’alimentation du nourrisson dans le contexte du virus Ebola – Mise à jour. UNICEF/OMS/CDC/ENN  Lien Previously released in English: Infant feeding in the context of the Ebola outbreak – updated guidance UNICEF/WHO/IFE Core Group  Link

Training & Reference Materials

  •  Single coverage estimator.  CMN  Link

 حمل SQUEAC و SLEAC: طرق منخفضة الموارد لتقييم الوصول والتغطية في برامج التغذية المختارة 

Translated into Arabic by the Yemen Nutrition Cluster from the English: SQUEAC & SLEAC : Low resource methods for evaluating access and coverage in selectivefeeding programsLink

  • 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)