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FAMILY-MUAC APPROACH: Challenges and limits

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Ilaria Di Modugno

Programme Assistant at COOPI

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5 Apr 2021, 18:30

Hi to everyone, 

when is the Family-MUAC approach not recommended? May you please share with me some articles and evidence in which this aspect is highlighted?

Moreover, I need some articles and evidences which explain the reason why it is better to call the approach Family-MUAC instead of Mother-MUAC.

I will appreciate receiving a quick answer.

Thanks a lot,

Ilaria 

Charles Ochaya

Maternal Child Health and Nutrition Officer

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6 Apr 2021, 12:31

Good Morning Everyone on this platform,

Just to reflect  upon a similar question that was posed by a district health official from Karamoja when we had a partners coordination meeting, the family MUAC approach is a good adaptation but may not be very possible to implement in areas with chronic food insecurity  and low literacy and knowledge levels in regards to malnutrition like Karamoja where some caregivers prefer that a child stays longer on the MAM treatment so as they continue getting the food that is ideally prescribed to help a malnourished to recover from severe weight loss.

In circumstances where it needs to be applied, there should consistent growth monitoring of the child by qualified health workers and also intensive health and nutrition education to the entire family with emphasis that Malnutrition is a disease and that food acts like medicine that should only be consumed by a sick child suffering from MAM 

Regards

Charles

Ilaria Di Modugno

Programme Assistant at COOPI

Normal user

10 Apr 2021, 17:19

Tks a lot, do you have scientific or operational articles to share with me?

Ilaria Di Modugno

Programme Assistant at COOPI

Normal user

10 Apr 2021, 17:20

Tks a lot, do you have scientific or operational articles to share with me?

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