Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM)

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  • Call for submissions: Nutrition Country Profile case studies (for Global Nutrition Report 2015) Nutrition Country Profiles are available here, and a Global Nutrition Profile is available here. More information on review criteria and submission details  here. Deadline 1 April 2015
  • Call for proposals for evidence review on acute malnutrition. OXFAM, Feinstein Int Centre, UKAID Deadline: 4 March Link
  • 2nd Int. Congress Hidden Hunger (3-6 March 2015, Stuttgart, Germany) Link
  • Breastfeeding, social justice and equity: Reflecting, reclaiming, re-visioning;10th Breastfeeding and Feminism Int.Conference (19-20 March 2015, North Carolina, USA)  Link
  • Evidence Based Well Child Care Conference (14-16 May 2015, Ankara, Turkey) Int Society for Social Pediatrics Link
  • 3rd FANUS Conference 2015 FANUS (25-29 May 2015, Arusha, Tanzania) Flier
  • 2nd Int.Conference on Global Food Security. Elsevier (11-14 Oct 2015, Cornell Univ, NY, USA) Link
  • 11th International Food Data Conference: Food Composition and Public Health Nutrition (3-5 Nov 2015, Hyderabad, India) Link


Articles & Latest Items (Acute Malnutrition)

  • NEW Open review of coverage methodologies. Questions, comments & ways forward. SQUEAC, SLEAC, S3M. Epicentre  Link
  • Le kwashiorkor reste une énigme – la recherche doit continuer. Forum PCMA  Link
    Kwashiorkor: still an enigma – the search must go on. CMAM Forum Link 
  • Production of ready-to-use food (RUF): an overview of the steps and challenges involved in the “local” production of RUF. CMAMForum Link
  • Ready-to-use supplementary food increases fat mass and BMI in Haitian school-aged children. The J of Nutrition Link
  • Linking nutrition & (integrated) community case management. A review of operational experiences. Link  Meeting report (see below)
  • CMAM Forum update: December. CMAM Forum Link  Forum PCMA mise á jour: décembre. Forum PCMA Link
  • Summary of Identified Research Topics for Management of Acute Malnutrition v1 / Résumé des sujets de recherche identifiés pour la prise en charge de la malnutrition aigüe v1. CMAM Forum Link
  • Management of severe acute malnutrition in low-income and middle-income countries. Archives of Disease in Childhood Link
  • Severe acute malnutrition and infection.  Paediatrics and Int Child Health 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)

  • NEW Nutridash 2013. (Global report on the pilot year.) UNICEF Link
  • Infant and young child feeding in emergencies - guidance for programming (video). DG ECHO Link
    Infant and young children feeding in emergencies. Guidance for programming. DG ECHO Link
    Alimentation du nourrisson et du jeune enfant en situation d’urgence. Guide pour la programmation. DG ECHO Lien
  • Why focus on nutrition in the final year of the Millennium Development Goals? The Lancet Global Health Blog Link
  • Capacity for scaling up nutrition: a focus on pre-service training in West Africa and a Ghanaian case study. [Abstract] Proceedings of the Nutrition Society  Link


  • NEW  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
  • NEW 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
  • Lactating mothers infected with ebola virus: EBOV RT-PCR of blood only may be insufficient. Eurosurveillance Link
  • Recommendations for breastfeeding/infant feeding in the context of Ebola. CDC Link

Documentation of Meetings Held

  • Linking Integrated Community Case Management & Nutrition. Meeting report (11-12 Dec 2014, NY) Link
    iCCM and nutrition technical working group meeting (11-12 Dec, NY, US). Webex recordings, day 1 Link  day 2 Link
  • Bridging discovery and delivery. Micronutrient forum global conference. Sight and Life, Micronutrient Forum  (2-6 June, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)  Link
  • Technical Meeting on Nutrition. Meeting report. ENN (7-9 Oct 2014, Oxford)  Link


  • World Vision’s experience in improving PD/Hearth program quality. Core Gp (2 Feb 2015) Link

Training & Reference Materials

  • Nutrition assessment, counselling and support for adolescents and adults living with HIV. A programming guide. Food and nutrition in the context of HIV and TB. Guidance note. WFP, PEPFAR/USAID, UNAIDS 2014. Link

  • 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)