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.



  • May 2016: New on the CMAM Forum Link
  • Call for abstracts, ACF Annual Science Conference 9th November 2016; Abstract dealine 30th June 2016 Link
  • Nutritional Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM): A Capacity Building Workshop; Organised by the Public Health Foundation of India 8-12 August 2016 Link
  • World Nutrition Cape Town, 30th August – 2nd September 2016 Link
  • Call for abstracts, Integrated Nutrition Conference; responding with the private sector for greater nutrition impact,14th-16th November 2016 CRS. Abstract and registration deadline 26 September 2016 Link
  • For the 7th African Nutrition Epidemiology Conference (ANEC VII) 9-14th October 2016 Conference website Link
  • 6th Regional Training Course On Nutrition In Emergencies ADPC 10-21st October 2016 (Bangkok, Thailand) Link 
  • Breastfeeding: Advocacy and Practice Course: 27 Febraury to 11 March 2017 (George Town, Penang, Malaysia) Link


Recently Published Articles & Items

  • Combined Protocol for Acute Malnutrition Study (ComPAS): Stage 1 Findings IRC/ACF-USA Link
  • Can the private sector tackle undernutrition? Opinion piece from IDS Link
  • Safety and practicability of using mid-upper arm circumference as a discharge criterion in community based management of severe acute malnutrition in children aged 6 to 59 months programmes Archives of Public Health Link
  • Now Available: The 2016 Global Nutrition Report The Global Nutrition Report Link
  • Understanding factors that influence the integration of acute malnutrition interventions into the national health system in Niger Health Policy and Planning Link
  • Daily co-trimoxazole prophylaxis to prevent mortality in children with complicated severe acute malnutrition: a multicentre, double-blind, randomised placebo-controlled trial The Lancet Link
  • Unicef NutriDash Global Report 2014 (Recently Published) Link
  • Research Priorities on the Relationship between Wasting and Stunting Link
  • Children with Moderate Acute Malnutrition with no access to Supplementary Feeding Programmes experience high rates of deterioration and no improvement: results from a prospective cohort study in rural Ethiopia PLOS One Link
  • Research priorities for improving infant and young child feeding in humanitarian emergencies Link
  • UNSCN Strategic Plan 2016-2020 Link

CMAM Forum Produced Items

  • 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



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.

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)