Treatment of severe acute malnutrition by community health workers

Today global acute malnutrition (GAM) continues to threaten the lives of over 52 million children under-5 globally. Of them, severe acute malnutrition (SAM), affects up to 17 million, with a high risk of near term mortality. But there is an effective treatment.  

Since 2007, the Community–based treatment of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) approach has resulted in a significant increase in the number of children with uncomplicated SAM who are successfully treated in an outpatient health centre using Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF). More than 70% of children treated are cured but less than 1 out of 5 of children affected are able to access the treatment they need.

C-Project tests an innovative approach to use Community Health Workers (CHWs) to diagnose and treat children with SAM outside of health facilities. 

Project overview: This project is planned for 3 phases:

Project Information

Thematic Area: Research Water Sanitation and Hygiene


Pilar Charle Cuellar, iCCM+Nutrition Coordinator (Spain) pcharle@accioncontraelhambre.org
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