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Workshop on the Integration of Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM)

Date: April 28-April 30, 2008

The Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance (FANTA) Project is hosting a Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) international workshop in Washington DC, sponsored by USAID's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and Office of Health, Infectious Diseases and Nutrition. The workshop will be organised jointly with United Nations (UN) and non-governmental organisation (NGO) partners.

In recent years, CMAM has moved into mainstream programmes. Practices once confined to humanitarian emergency programming are now being implemented in standard clinic settings. National Ministries of Health, not only NGOs, now implement CMAM. With the recent UN Joint Statement on Community-based Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition1, this trend is expected to accelerate rapidly, putting extra strain on existing capacity for training and dissemination. Within the humanitarian sphere there has been a discernable evolution of CMAM programming to address sustainability concerns, and to enable more effective integration into existing national health services. However, there remain a number of challenges.

The April 2008 workshop is expected to provide an opportunity to share current practices in the integration and scale-up of CMAM. Organisers hope to attract presenters from Ministries of Health in countries implementing CMAM, as well as NGOs and other partners.

Interested agencies and individuals should visit the FANTA website (see below) for a list of workshop themes and sessions, and instructions for registering and for submitting presentations for consideration.

Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance (FANTA) Project Academy for Educational Development, 1825 Connecticut Avenue., NW, Washington, DC 20009-5721 Tel: +1 202 884-8000 fax: +1 202 884-8432 e-mail: fanta@aed.org http://www.fantaproject.org

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1See news piece, Field Exchange 31. p15. The Joint Statement is available at: http://www.who.int/entity/nutrition/topics/statement_com mbased_malnutrition/en/

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Workshop on the Integration of Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM). Field Exchange 32, January 2008. p20. www.ennonline.net/fex/32/workshop

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