Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM)

There are currently 2,776 members of the CMAM Forum in 115 countries

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


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



  • September 2016: New on the CMAM Forum Link
  • No Wasted Lives iniative announced at the United Nations General Assembly, read a blog about it Link
  • The REFINE (Research Engagement on Food Interventions for Nutritional Effectiveness) has been relaunched Link 
  • Micronutrient Forum Global Conference 2016: Positioning Women’s Nutrition at the Centre of Sustainable Development 23rd-28th October 2016 (Cancun, Mexico) Link
  • Course in November 2016: ‘Acute Malnutrition: improving treatment through research’ by the University of Copenhagen, taking place in Kampala, Uganda Link
  • ACF Annual Science Conference, 'Research for Nutrition: operational challenges and uptake in prevention and treatment of undernutrition' 9th November 2016 Link
  • Integrated Nutrition Conference; responding with the private sector for greater nutrition impact,14th-16th November 2016 CRS Link
  • 3rd International Congress Hidden Hunger 20-22nd March 2017 Link
  • Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood: Bio-Cultural Perspectives Conference Call For Abstracts UCLAN (United Kingdom) Link


Recently Published Articles & Items

  • Low mid-upper arm circumference identifies children with a high risk of death who should be the priority target for treatment BMC Nutrition Link
  • Combined protocol for SAM/MAM treatment: The ComPAS study Field Exchange Link
  • Advancing early childhood development: from science to scale The Lancet Series Link
  • Joint child malnutrition estimates - Levels and trends (2016 edition) WHO Link
  • SUN Movement: Strategy and roadmap (2016-2020) Scaling Up Nutrition Link
  • Taking severe acute malnutrition treatment back to the community: practical experiences from nutrition coverage surveys Frontiers in Public Health Link
  • Challenges of estimating the annual caseload of severe acute malnutrition: The case of Niger PLOSone Link
  • Mothers screening for malnutrition by mid-upper arm circumference is non-inferior to community health workers: results from a large-scale pragmatic trial in rural Niger Archives of Public Health Link
  • Accompanying blog post to above resource - Teaching mothers to detect malnutrition can have a major impact in earlier diagnosis ALIMA Link
  • Children with moderate acute malnutrition have inflammation not explained by maternal reports of illness and clinical symptoms: a cross-sectional study in Burkina Faso BMC Nutrition Link
  • New CIMDER measuring tapes for screening nutritional status in children less than 5 years of age Nutrition Bulletin Link
  • Weight Estimation Tool for Children Aged 6 to 59 Months in Limited-Resource Settings PLOSone Link
  • Chronic disease outcomes after severe acute malnutrition in Malawian children (ChroSAM): a cohort study The Lancet Global Health Link
  • Accompanying comment: Long term health status of children recovering from severe acute malnutrition The Lancet Global Health Link

CMAM Forum Produced Items

  • CMAM Forum. A digest of the paper from Berkley et al., 'Daily co-trimoxazole prophylaxis did not reduce mortality in HIV negative children treated for SAM' Link
  • CMAM Forum. A digest of the paper from Bahwere et al., 'Milk-free formulation compared to standard RUTF for treatment of SAM' Link
  • CMAM Forum. A digest of the paper from Isanaka et al., 'Routine Amoxicillin for uncomplicated severe acute malnutrition in children' Link
  • 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
  • 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



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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)