Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM)

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'About the CMAM Forum', an interactive initiative that promotes sharing of information


  • URGENT Call for participationCivil Society ICN2 pre-conference event 17-18 Nov 2014, Rome, Italy. Expressions of interest: deadline: 26 Sep 2014 Link
  • URGENTE Convocatoria de participación: Pre Conferencia de la ICN2 (Foro de la ICN2 de organizaciones civiles) 17-18 de noviembre de 2014, Roma, Italia. Las expresiones de interés: fecha límite: 26 de septiembre de 2014 Enlace
  • 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  
  • New Professor André Briend Inaugural seminar:  Childhood malnutrition – successes and challenges (10 Oct 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark) 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
  • 2nd International Congress Hidden Hunger (3-6 March 2015, Stuttgart, Germany)  Link




Latest Items (Acute Malnutrition)

  • 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
  • Environmental enteric dysfunction – an overview.  CMAM Forum Link
  • An evolving perspective about the origins of childhood undernutrition and nutritional interventions that includes the gut microbiome. Ann NY Acad Sci  Link
  • 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
  • Mesalazine in the initial management of severely acutely malnourished children with environmental enteric dysfunction: a pilot randomized controlled trial. BMC Medicine 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
  • Nutrition training in medical and other health professional schools in West Africa: the need to improve current approaches and enhance training effectiveness. Global Health Action 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

  • Afghanistan Nutrition in emergencies (NiE) training package, 2012. Afghanistan Nutrition Cluster 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)