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.



  • The Nutrition Advocacy Fund is accepting applications for grant opportunities for civil society organisations to design and implement advocacy plans. Closing date: 30th November. Link or email for more information. 
  • CMAM Forum Resource Update: October 2015 / Mise à jour des ressources du Forum PCMA: octobre 2015 Link/Lien

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Articles & Latest Items (Acute Malnutrition)

  • SAM 2020: An Agenda for Scaling-up the Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition by 2020. Action Against Hunger Link
  • Global Nutrition Report 2015, Africa Brief Link
  • Improving nutrition outcomes with better water, sanitation and hygiene: practical solutions for policies and programmes. WHO/UNICEF/USAID. Link
  • A consortium of NGOs, lead by International Medical Corps with Action Against Hunger USA and Save the Children UK is now offering technical support on CMAM. Link
  • Environmental Enteric Dysfunction - What we know and what the participants said. IAEA. Meeting Link
  • The REFANI Pakistan study—a cluster randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of cash-based transfer programmes on child nutrition status: study protocol. BMC Public Health Link
  • How to strengthen a Community-Based Management of Acute Malnutrition programme in northern Nigeria. ORIE Research Summary  Link
  • Joint child malnutrition estimates - levels and trends (2015 edition).  UNICEF-WHO-The World Bank Group 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)

  • 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 
  • Costs and cost-effectiveness of community health workers: evidence from a literature review. Human Resources for Health Link
  • Care Groups I: an innovative community-based strategy for improving maternal, neonatal, and child health in resource-constrained settings.Global Health: Science and Practice  Link

Training & Reference Materials 

  • How to conduct community assessment. CMN  Link
  • Learning from action plans (for tracking progress in CMAM programmes). 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)