Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM)

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  • Postdoctoral fellowships on agriculture, nutrition and health: Call for applications. IMMANA Deadline: 10 Jan 2015 Link
  • Capacity Building Workshop on Nutritional Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) workshopIndian Institute of Public Health, Delhi (IIPH-D (1-5 Dec 2014, Delhi, India)  Link
  • iCCM and nutrition technical working group meeting (11-12 Dec, ICR 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, Allemand)  Link
  • Breastfeeding, social justice and equity: Reflecting, reclaiming, re-visioning;10th Breastfeeding and Feminism  Int Conference (19-20 March 2015, North Carolina, USA)  Link




















Articles Latest Items (Acute Malnutrition)

  • Prévention de la malnutrition aigüe modérée (MAM) à travers des interventions spécifiques à la nutrition. Forum PMCA Lien  (Previously released in English: Preventing Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) through nutrition-specific interventions. CMAM Forum Link)

  • Global Nutrition Report, actions and accountability to accelerate the world's progress on nutrition. released 13 Nov IFRPI  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
  • Barriers to access for severe acute malnutrition treatment services in Pakistan and Ethiopia: a comparative qualitative analysis. Public Health Nutrition Link
  • Standards of evidence for research on 'what works' in the management of MAM. (Webb, P) CMAM Forum  Link
  • حمل  Link  تقييم تغطية المعالجة المجتمعية لسوء التغذية الحاد (Previously released in French: Évaluation de la couverture de la prise en charge communautaire de la malnutrition aigüe. dossier technique. Version 2. Forum PCMA Lien 
    and 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
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 targets 2025: policy briefs. WHO Link
  • Food and nutrition in numbers. FAO Link
    -Nutritional care of children and adults with Ebola virus disease in treatment centres. Interim guideline. WHO/UNICEF/WFP Link
    -Ebola Communication Network (ECN) launched. Health Comm Capacity Collaborative 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
  • ENVIRONMENTAL ENTERIC DYFUNCTION (Environmental Enteropathy)
    La dysfonction entérique environnementale – aperçu. Forum PCMA Lien (Previously uploaded in English: Environmental enteric dysfunction – an overview. CMAM Forum Link)
    - 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
    - Multiple micronutrient supplementation transiently ameliorates environmental enteropathy in Malawian children aged 12–35 months in a randomized controlled clinical trial. [Abstract] J of Nutrition Link
  • New series on the implementation of innovations to improve nutrition in India. POSHAN Link

Documentation of Meetings Held

  • NEW The Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2). FAO, WHO (19-21 Nov 2014, Rome, Italy)  Rome declaration on nutrition Link Framework for action Link
  • Together for Nutrition conference. POSHAN, Transform Nutrition (29-30 Oct 2014, New Delhi, India) Day 1 reflections Link Day 2 proceedings 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 « »
  • 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)