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Severe Acute Malnutrition Management in Nigeria

Jun 1 2015

Learning Review on the outcomes of community-based management of acute malnutrition services in North Nigeria, including analysis on coverage, performance and quality of the programme.

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Severe Acute Malnutrition Management in Nigeria | Action Against Hunger

This Learning Review compiled data and information on the progress of CMAM (Community-Based Management of Acute Malnutrition) in North Nigeria since its inception in late 2009, and recommends actions and ways forward to improve both the quality and the coverage of CMAM services. SAM, a critical problem in Nigeria, is being addressed by CMAM services in eleven northern states, where more than one million children have received treatment. An estimated 75% of them have been cured successfully. Despite some success, important challenges remain such as issues with delivery of commodities, compliance with CMAM guidelines, staff training and service quality. It concludes that scaling-up of CMAM in Nigeria requires both increased availability and improved quality of existing services.