Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM)

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  • 2015 Global Nutrition Report. Actions and accountability to advance nutrition & sustainable development.  Link
  • CMAM Forum Resource Update: August 2015 / Mise à jour des ressources du Forum PCMA: aout 2015 Link/Lien
  • Launch of CMAM ReportClick here to watch a 3 minute introduction to the software, see summary, visit website: 
  • 143rd American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting and exposition (31 Oct-4 Nov 2015, Chicago, US) Link


Articles & Latest Items (Acute Malnutrition)

  • Comparison of clinical characteristics and treatment outcomes of children selected for treatment of severe acute malnutrition using mid upper arm circumference and/or weight-for-height z-score. PLOS One Link
  • Omitting edema measurement: how much acute malnutrition are we missing? The AmJ of Clinical Nutrition Link
  • Gut DNA viromes of Malawian twins discordant for severe acute malnutrition. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences  Link  
  • Safety and efficacy of low-osmolarity ORS vs modified rehydration solution for malnourished children for treatment of children with severe acute malnutrition and diarrhea: a randomized controlled trial. J of Tropical Pediatrics  Link
  • Midupper arm circumference and weight-for-length z scores have different associations with body composition: evidence from a cohort of Ethiopian infants. The Am J of Clinical Nutr   Link
  • Inconsistent diagnosis of acute malnutrition by weight-for-height and mid-upper arm circumference: contributors in 16 cross-sectional surveys from South Sudan, the Philippines, Chad, and Bangladesh. Nutrition J Link
  • State of SAM coverage. An overview from 2013 & 2014.CMN  Link
  • Effect of emulsifier and viscosity on oil separation in ready-to-use therapeutic food. Int J of Food Sciences and Nutr  Link
  • Taking Stock: Concern Worldwide’s 15 year contribution to community based management of acute malnutrition. Concern Worldwide  Link Link
  • The MAM'Out project: a randomized controlled trial to assess multiannual and seasonal cash transfers for the prevention of acute malnutrition in children under 36 months in Burkina Faso. BMC Public Health  Link
  • Coverage of community-based management of severe acute malnutrition programmes in twenty-one countries, 2012-2013. PLOS One  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)

  • Nutritional supplementation is a necessary complement to dietary counseling among tuberculosis and tuberculosis-HIV patients. [Brazil]. PloS one Link
  • United Nations global nutrition agenda, delivering on the commitment to eradicate malnutrition in all its forms: the role of the UN system. UNSCN  Link
  • Scaling up impact on nutrition: what will it take? Advances in Nutrition: An Int Review J Link
  •  Nutritional supplementation in HIV-infected children: a review. J HIV Clin Scientific Res Link
  • The impact of poor sanitation on nutrition, 2015. SHARE, UNICEF Link
  • Cash transfers and child nutrition: what we know and what we need to know. UNICEF  Link


  • 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
  • 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

Documentation of Meetings Held

  • Collectively improving nutrition in Ethiopia - Together for Nutrition (15 June 2015, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)  Link
  • Why do evaluations of eHealth programs fail? An alternative set of guiding principles. Core Gp Link

Training & Reference Materials

  • How to conduct community assessment. CMN  Link
  • Learning from action plans (for tracking progress in CMAM programmes). CMN  Link
  • Agreeing on causes of malnutrition for joint action: free online course available. FAO Link 
    (The e-module covers methodology based on malnutrition problem-and-solution trees to support joint planning for combating food insecurity and malnutrition, and building resilience)
  • Nutrition, Food Security and Livelihoods: basic concepts: free online course available. FAO Link
    (This interactive module addresses the basic terms and concepts relating to food and nutrition, malnutrition, food security and livelihoods.) Version française disponible en novembre 2015.    Version español disponible en noviembre 2015.

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)