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Innovations in Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM)

Author: Save the Children UK
Year: 2018
Resource type: Report

The implementation of community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) as the standard model of care for children with acute malnutrition has significantly increased cost-effectiveness of the treatment and the potential for larger coverage, largely due to a shift from inpatient to outpatient management. However, in places where CMAM services are available, coverage is still not optimal and distance and high opportunity costs to seeking treatment have consistently been reported as the top barriers to access. Moreover, adjustments of protocols might warrant better outcomes in resource-poor settings and in humanitarian emergencies. 

Over the past years new methods have been developed, tested and implemented. These new methods were often born from a desire to simplify or improve the classic CMAM model to increase coverage, increase cost-effectiveness, facilitate implementation in a humanitarian emergency, or facilitate implementation by a health system. This report aims to provide an overview of the latest innovations in CMAM and includes evidence, country experiences, guidance documents available, as well as an overview of on-going initiatives.

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