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Mother's using MUAC : Results of a large-scale trial

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Mark Myatt

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6 Sep 2016, 08:26

Here is an Archives of Public Health report on a large-scale trial comparing screening by CHWs and mothers for SAM using MUAC. The conclusion is that mothers were not inferior to CHWs in screening for malnutrition at a substantially lower cost. Children in the Mothers Zone were admitted at an earlier stage of SAM and required fewer hospitalizations. Making mothers the focal point of screening strategies should be included in malnutrition treatment programs.

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Nutrition advisor, ALIMA

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9 Sep 2016, 10:34

Thanks Mark for sharing and also your invaluable contribution to analyzing the data. Also as a reminder, ALIMA recently created guidelines for implementation in FR and ENG and they are available on our website:

Mother MUAC - Guidelines for Implementation:
PB meres - mode d'emploi:

Many cheers,

Mark Myatt

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21 Sep 2016, 09:39

FYI ... here is a report in Le Monde highlighting this study.

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