What is MAMI?
MAMI stands for the Management of small & nutritionally At-risk Infants under six months & their Mothers.
Small and nutritionally at-risk infants under six months of age are at higher risk of mortality and morbidity compared to their well grown, well-nourished counterparts.
At a population level, small and nutritionally at-risk children are those identified as wasted, stunted and underweight and a combination of these. Small babies with a low birth weight contribute to the burden.
A recent review of Demographic and Health Survey data (54 countries) found a high prevalence of at-risk infants under six months of age:
- 20.1% of infants are underweight
- 21.3% are wasted
- 17.6% are stunted
- 17.8% were born with a low birth weight
The MAMI vision is that every small and nutritionally at-risk infant under six months and their mother is supported to survive and thrive
MAMI aims to achieve this vision by supporting infant and maternal nutrition, health and maternal mental health to reduce the risk of adverse outcomes among infants under six months of age. It is about building on existing systems and services and strengthening the links between these services. For more on MAMI, see this summary.
The MAMI Global Network is made up of programmers, researchers and policymakers. We are a group working towards realising the MAMI vision.
Our vision is that local, national, and international collaborators work together to improve policy, programmes and practice for small and nutritionally at-risk infants under six months and their mothers (MAMI).
Our mission is to build an effective and energetic network to enhance mutual capacity, bridge disciplines, address evidence gaps and champion MAMI care.
The MAMI Global Network is coordinated by ENN and co-led by ENN and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Find out more about the Network’s governance and coordination, including the steering committee and five-year strategy.
The MAMI Global Network does not directly implement programmes but supports three broad areas of work: Evidence, Policy and Practice. We are focused on Getting Research (evidence) into Policy AND Practice (GRIPP).
The map below shows the latest MAMI-related programmes and research around the world. The mapping was originally created by the MAMI Global Network in November 2019 and is maintained by Save the Children. Add your MAMI activities to the map by completing this brief form.
This recording by Marie McGrath, ENN Technical Director shares key principles of the MAMI approach, how this collective effort has evolved, resources available to support practitioners and exciting potential looking ahead.
See our MAMI YouTube page for more videos and information.
The MAMI Global Network is funded by Irish Aid and the Eleanor Crook Foundation (ECF).
Highlights of the MAMI Global Network so far:
- Supporting normative policy guidance change: Through advocacy and engagement of group members, community based management of uncomplicated cases of acute malnutrition in infants under 6 months is now recommended in the WHO 2013 update of SAM guidance
- Developing tools to put policy into practice (see ‘Practice’)
- Building the evidence base on assessment of at-risk infants under 6 months (see ‘Practice’)
- Stop-gapping guidance for critical programme questions: A review of micronutrient supplementation, antibiotics and deworming in treatment of malnourished infants under 6 months is now being finalised, to address programmer questions in the face of low direct evidence.
Current members are individuals within UN agencies, NGOs, academics, independent agencies and individuals. We welcome any individual or organisation who is interested in MAMI to become a member. To join the network, please fill in this brief MAMI Global Network Membership Form and you will be added to our mailing list to receive monthly network updates and opportunities for further participation.
The MAMI Global Network aims to hold an annual meeting to provide an opportunity for interested individuals and organisations to meet, share information and forge partnerships to further the MAMI agenda.
Complementary MAMI initiatives
ENN is a member of the Council of Research and Technical Advice on Acute Malnutrition (CORTASAM) of the No Wasted Lives Initiative, representing a MAMI interest.
- The MAMI Global Network Strategy for 2021-2025 is now available here.
- As part of World Breastfeeding Week events, MAMI GN co-chair Dr. Marko Kerac contributed to a World Food Programme dialogue debate “Breastfeeding: whose responsibility is it?”. Watch it here.
- The MAMI GN has developed a brief highlighting links between MAMI and World Breastfeeding Week goals. Take a look here.
- The MAMI GN has published an overview of the MAMI Care Pathway Package in the South Sudan Medical Journal. Read it here.
- Members of the MAMI GN contributed to a newly-published systematic review showing the need for more maternal-focused interventions to improve infant growth and nutritional status in LMICs. Read it here.
- On July 2 the MAMI GN hosted a webinar to launch the MAMI Care Pathway, released in May 2021. The recording & videos can be found on the MAMI Global Network YouTube channel.
- A MAMI Communications & Advocacy working group has been formed under the MAMI GN to support the development of a strategic plan for MAMI communications & advocacy. If you would like to get involved please contact the MAMI GN Coordinator at email@example.com.
- If you are currently implementing any MAMI-related projects, please add them to the MAMI Map that shows the latest MAMI-related programmes and research around the world. Add your MAMI activities to the map by completing this brief form.
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Reference this page
Marie McGrath (). Management of small and nutritionally at risk infants under six months and their mothers (MAMI). www.ennonline.net/ourwork/research/mami