Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition

The CMAM approach consists of four components:[1]

  1. community outreach (sensitising communities to be aware of malnutrition and know how to identify and treat it)
  2. outpatient therapeutic programme (OTP; treatment at home, with regular visits to the health facility)
  3. inpatient care (children without appetite and with complications are treated in inpatient care until stabilized)
  4. supplementary feeding programme (SFP; dry take-home rations to children, and to acutely malnourished pregnant or lactating women; often given to children discharged from OTP).

See also:

  • IMAM (Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition)
  • MUAC (Mid Upper Arm Circumference)
  • SAM (Severe Acute Malnutrition)
  • RUTF (Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food)
  • SFP (Supplementary Feeding Program)
  • OTP (Outpatient Therapeutic Program)
  • UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund)