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Less than 25% of children with severe acute malnutrition around the world are currently accessing treatment. How do we reach more children suffering from this life-threatening condition? With the 'Family MUAC' Approach, mothers and other caregivers are trained to identify early signs of malnutrition using a simple to use Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) tape without going to a health facility or outpatient centre.

Family MUAC can be a useful tool of any programme for moderate or severe acute malnutrition, and an effective way to detect cases earlier and minimise complications and need for hospitalisation. Studies have shown that mothers (or other family members) are able to screen their children as effectively as Community Health Workers (CHWs), which leaves them more time to carry out other tasks. Introduced by ALIMA in 2011, the approach is now implemented worldwide by many organisations.

Learning from experiences around the world

With our partners, The State of Acute Malnutrition Family MUAC pages pages bring together experiences from implementers and researchers who are training caretakers to use the Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) tape to screen their children for acute malnutrition.

Access information & resources about the Family MUAC approach here

With case studies, frequently asked questions, and a map of where the approach is being implemented, the pages present the information already available, and facilitate a discussion about how and when to use the Family MUAC approach with implementers, program managers, researchers and all those working in the treatment of children with acute malnutrition.

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