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Management of Acute Malnutrition in Infants under 6 months (MAMI)

Turning challenges into opportunity: Moving forward. A one day meeting of interested practitioners and experts. London, 7th December, 2013

Date: 7th December, 2013  

Venue: London, UK

Funders: Academy of Medical Sciences/Wellcome Trust/British Heart Foundation/Arthritis Research UK “Starter Grant” held by Marko Kerac, Irish Aid, UNHCR 

Facilitators: Marko Kerac from University College London (UCL) and The ENN

ENN Project lead: Marie McGrath 

Summary

Malnutrition is a major global problem affecting not just children but also some 3.8 million infants world-wide (severe acute malnutrition, SAM), with an additional 4.7 million having moderate acute malnutrition (MAM). Since the original investigated the management of this patient group in 2008-2010, there have been several major advances. Most notable is the inclusion of this group in forthcoming World Health Organization Guidelines on the Management of SAM.

This aim of this meeting was to review progress since ‘MAMI-1’ and, recognizing their new place in international policy, to continue existing work and initiate new programmes in this area. Specifically to:

1. Begin developing a common assessment framework for infants <6m: identifying ‘checklist items’/ tools / questions for assessing this patient group: discussing what is available; what might be recommended as current ‘best practice’; what is the priority for future research.

2. Discuss the formation of an inter-agency, multi-professional MAMI ‘network’ for:

a. Supporting current programmes (including M&E)

b. Developing future programme (including research)

Meeting report

Presentations were made by key individuals. Powerpoint presentations can all be found at the link below. During the second half of the day, participants split into working groups. Outcomes are described in the meeting report.

Powerpoint presentations from the meeting available here.

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Chloe Angood (2014). Management of Acute Malnutrition in Infants under 6 months (MAMI). www.ennonline.net/ourwork/othermeetings/mamidec2013