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:
- Phase 1: pilot to generate evidence (Mali, Pakistan, Kenya, Niger, Mauritania). Read more about C-Project Phase 1 here.
- Phase 2: model validation (Mali). Read more about C-Project Phase 2 here.
- Phase 3: the final phase will look at scaling-up this approach.