Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM)

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  • Geneva event on the 2014 Global Nutrition Report (28 Jan 2015, 18.00, Geneva)  Flier
  • Another humanitarian crisis in Somalia? Learning from the 2011 famine (29 Jan 2015, 11-12.30 GMT, London) Link
  • CMAM Forum resource update: December 2014. CMAM Forum mise à jour des ressources: decembre 2014. Link
  • 2nd Int. Congress Hidden Hunger (3-6 March 2015, Stuttgart, Germany) Registration deadline: 26 Feb 2015 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)

  • Kwashiorkor: still an enigma – the search must go on. CMAM Forum Link
  • Key resources for management of acute malnutrition (updated) CMAM Forum Link 
    Ressources clés pour la prise en charge de la malnutrition aigüe (mise á jour). Forum PCMA Lien
  • Overview of the nutrition situation in 11 countries in Asia.  FANTA III  Link
  • Malian children with moderate acute malnutrition who are treated with lipid-based dietary supplements have greater weight gains and recovery rates than those treated with locally produced cereal-legume products: a community-based, cluster-randomized trial. AJCN Link
  • Severe acute malnutrition and infection.  Paediatrics and Int Child Health Link
  • Prévention de la malnutrition aigüe modérée (MAM) à travers des interventions sensibles à la nutrition. Forum PCMA  Lien  Previously uploaded in English: Preventing Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) through nutrition-sensitive interventionsCMAM Forum Link
  • Utilisation des technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC) innovantes dans la prestation de services en matière de nutrition. Forum PCMA Lien Previously uploaded in English:  Use of innovative information and communication technology (ICT) in nutrition service delivery. CMAM Forum Link
  • 12 facts you might not know about acute malnutrition. Generation Nutrition Link
  • Extending supplementary feeding for children under five with moderate acute malnutrition leads to lower relapse rates. [Abstract] J of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutr   Link
  • Safety of using mid-upper arm circumference as a discharge criterion in community-based management of severe acute malnutrition in children aged 6–59 months. FANTA  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)

  • 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
  • Global nutrition report 2014: Actions and accountability to accelerate the world's progress on nutrition. IFRPI  Link
  • Global nutrition targets 2025: policy briefs. WHO Link
    -    Global targets tracking tool. WHO Link  WHO global nutrition targets: complementary infographics. 1000 Days Link
    -Ebola & Nutrition: How programs are responding and the SBC tools they are using - webinar recording. CORE Group Link
    -Nutritional care of children and adults with Ebola virus disease in treatment centres. Interim guideline. WHO/UNICEF/WFP Link
    -Recommendations for breastfeeding/infant feeding in the context of Ebola. CDC Link
    - Infant feeding in the context of the Ebola outbreak - guidance document. UNICEF/WHO/IFE Core Group Link

Documentation of Meetings Held

  • Bridging discovery and delivery. Micronutrient forum global conference. Sight and Life, Micronutrient Forum  (2-6 June, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)  Link
  • Growing together: using experience from Burkina Faso to Define intersectoral integration(design and measurement of integration of agriculture and nutrition) SPRING  Webinar recording and slides Link
  • iCCM and nutrition technical working group meeting (11-12 Dec, NY, US). Webex recordings, day 1 Link  day 2 Link
  • Multi-sectoral approaches to improve child growth, through WASH, nutrition, and early childhood development (webinar recording). CORE Group Link
  • The Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2). FAO, WHO (19-21 Nov 2014, Rome, Italy)  Rome declaration on nutrition Link Framework for action 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)