Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM)

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  • WHO 2025 nutrition targets policy briefs: call for stakeholders’ input. Deadline: 8 Oct 2014 Link
  • Applications for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 2015 visiting fellowship scheme now open. Deadline: 2 Nov 2014 Link
  • Technical Meeting on Nutrition  ENN (7-9 Oct 2014, Oxford, UK)   Link  
  • Professor André Briend Inaugural seminar:  Childhood malnutrition – successes and challenges (10 Oct 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark) Link
  • NEW From emergency to development: which role for the producers of RUF in southern countries  PlumpyField with UNICEF (23 Oct 2014, Paris, France) Link
  • Climate change, conflict, and instability meeting Catastrophes and Conflict Forum (31 Oct 2014, London, UK) Link
  • III World Congress of Public Health Nutrition (7-12 Nov 2014, Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain) Link
  • ICN2 Second International Conference on Nutrition  (19-21 Nov 2014, Rome, Italy) Link
  • NEW iCCM and nutrition technical working group meeting (11-12 Dec, ICR office, NY, US).This meeting will present the results of the desk review on linking nutrition and iCCM/CCM services to identify emerging lessons and remaining knowledge gaps. For attendance email Saul Guerrero contact or Casie Tesfai contact
  • 2nd International Congress Hidden Hunger (3-6 March 2015, Stuttgart, Germany) Scholarship deadline extension: 30 Oct 2014 Link
  • Breastfeeding, social justice and equity: Reflecting, reclaiming, re-visioning; 10th Breastfeeding and Feminism  Int Conference (19-20 March 2015, North Carolina, USA) Abstract deadline: 20 Oct 2014  Link




Latest Items (Acute Malnutrition)

  • NEW Closing the gap: Towards a 2030 wasting target. Generation Nutrition Policy Briefing. Link
  • Post-discharge mortality in children with severe malnutrition and pneumonia in Bangladesh. PLOS One  Link
  • Diagnosis and treatment of severely malnourished children with diarrhoea. J of Paediatrics and Child Health  Link
  • Community engagement: putting the “C” at the heart of CMAM. CMAM Forum Link
    Dossier technique : Engagement communautaire :  le « C » au cœur de la PCMA. Anthrologica et Forum PCMA Lien
  • The immune system in children with malnutrition - a systematic review. PLOS One  Link
  • Preventing acute malnutrition among young children in crises: a prospective intervention study in Niger. PLOS Medicine Link
  • Preventing acute malnutrition in young children. PLOS Medicine  Link
  • Measuring the burden of severe acute malnutrition: Current challenges. Global Nutrition Report blog  Link
  • Severe malnutrition: building on the past for a brighter future and other articles. FNB Special Supplement  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 PCMA LienModerate 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)

  • Recommendations for breastfeeding/infant feeding in the context of Ebola. CDC Link
  • Updated guidance: Infant feeding in the context of the Ebola outbreak - guidance document. UNICEF/WHO/IFE Core Group Link
  • New question and working document: What should be the nutritional support to adult patients with Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in treatment centres in West Africa?  [Document for discussion not official guidance] E-NET  Link
  • Committing to child survival: a promise renewed – progress report 2014. UNICEF Link
  • Version 2 of the Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-E) Toolkit. Save the Children Link
  • The state of food insecurity in the world 2014. FAO Link
  • The evidence for maternal and child nutrition interventions: Gap analysis report. NEEP Link
  • New growth charts for newborn babies. The Lancet  Link

Documentation of Meetings Held 

  • Int symposium on understanding moderate malnutrition in children for effective interventions. IAEA (27-29 May, Vienna, Austria) Final report Link Presentations and videos Link   

Training & Reference Materials

  • Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-E) Toolkit, version 2 Save the Children Link
  • Video/podcast: Estimation of the number of children with severe malnutrition in a population. (Briend A) Link
    Vidéo/podcast : Estimation du nombre d’enfants sévèrement malnutris dans une  population. (Briend A)  Link
  • Video/podcast: Using mid-upper arm circumference to identify children with severe acute malnutrition. (Briend A) Link
    Vidéo/podcast :Utilisation du périmètre brachial dans l'identification des enfants atteints de malnutrition aiguë sévère. (Briend A) 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)