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Formulation of training package of CMAM program

The Community-Based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) is one of World Vision’s core project models in nutrition. The CMAM approach enables community volunteers to identify and initiate treatment by referring children with acute malnutrition before they become seriously ill.  Caregivers provide treatment for the majority of children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in the home using Ready-to-Use-Therapeutic-Foods (RUTF) and receiving routine medical care at a local health facility. When necessary, severely malnourished children who have medical complications or lack an appetite are referred to in-patient facilities for more intensive treatment. CMAM programs also work to integrate treatment with a variety of other longer-term interventions such as Nutrition Education, Infant and Young Child Feeding and Food Security. These interventions are designed to reduce the incidence of malnutrition and improve public health and food security in a sustainable manner.

IRHDTC, Nepal undertook the task of package review and finalization of Community-Based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) for the Government of Nepal. CMAM training package was designed for Health Facility level staffs and Community Health Volunteers. The major donor for the package development was UNICEF, Nepal.