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.



  • July 2016: New on the CMAM Forum Link
  • The new Helen Keller International 'Assessment & Research on Child Feeding' (ARCH) website has been launched Link
  • World Water Week Stockholm SIWI 28th August - 2nd September 2016 Link
  • World Nutrition Cape Town, 30th August – 2nd 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 
  • New 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 9th November 2016 Link
  • Integrated Nutrition Conference; responding with the private sector for greater nutrition impact,14th-16th November 2016 CRS Link
  • Breastfeeding: Advocacy and Practice Course: 27 Febraury to 11 March 2017 (George Town, Penang, Malaysia) Link
  • 3rd International Congress Hidden Hunger 20-22nd March 2017 Link


Recently Published Articles & Items

  • Weight Estimation Tool for Children Aged 6 to 59 Months in Limited-Resource Settings PLOSone Link
  • Sahel - UNICEF IMAM monthly dashboard, January-June 2016 UNICEF Link
  • A review of SAM management in Afghanistan: Lessons from 2013-2015 CMN/ACF Link
  • Thiamine Deficiency in Tropical Pediatrics: New Insights into a Neglected but Vital Metabolic Challenge Frontiers in Nutrition Link
  • Online Course: Caring for infants and children with acute malnutrition The University of Southampton 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
  • Mother - MUAC, teaching mothers to screen for malnutrition: Guideline for training of trainers ALIMA Link
  • The cost of malnutrition: why policy action is urgent Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition Link
  • Determining a Global Mid-Upper Arm Circumference Cutoff to Assess Malnutrition in Pregnant Women FANTA Project 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
  • Combined Protocol for Acute Malnutrition Study (ComPAS): Stage 1 Findings IRC/ACF-USA 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

CMAM Forum Produced Items

  • 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



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)