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Procurement of MUAC tapes

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Hatty Barthorp

Global Nut' Advisor / GOAL

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12 Apr 2017, 14:50

Apologies for the rather mundane question - GOAL used to procure their colour coded, enumerated MUAC tapes (26cm) from Valid Int' for ~7p/unit, unfortunately they no longer produce them. Our logistics dept are of the understanding that UNICEF stocks (~6p/unit) will take between 3-4mths to arrive and Talc unit costs are between 20-30p/unit depending on the length of the tape, 26cm or 35cm. Are there any other good quality manufacturers selling MUACs for <10p/unit?

Mark Myatt

Consultant Epidemiologist

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14 Apr 2017, 10:46


MSF have the uniMUAC tape. This is quite long as it designed for adults and children (on different sides) but is easy to cut to size for children. MSF have thousands of these and may be willing to let you have some.

I am just about to produce (for ACF) some numberless colour-banded tapes for children. I can easily (and cheaply) increase the production run.

Both of these tapes are three-slit wide tape models. If you want to see the designs, get in contact with the relevant people in MSF or ACF, discuss ordering, or to discuss a design and production run tho meet specific needs then contact me at:

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I hope this helps.

Bhargavi Rao

Manson Unit, MSF UK

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8 May 2017, 12:50

Hi Hatty,

My name is Bhargavi Rao from the Manson Unit (MSF UK) and your post was highlighted to me by some MSF colleagues. As Mark Myatt has said - the Manson Unit (part of MSF UK) has developed a two-sided MUAC strip suitable for adults and children (a uniMUAC). At present it is still being tested and I must stress that it is not offically endorsed or validated by the whole MSF movement. That said, initial standardisation tests have been excellent and we are planning for field trials presently.

Given it is still in a "research phase" - the strip we have is not commercially available but we would be very happy to just give you some if you will give us feedback on their use! Do email my colleague working on this project - if you would like more information and/or some uniMUAC strip.

Many thanks!



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26 Jun 2017, 01:20

I have MUAC tapes available in WEST AFRICA at $0.3 each available within five days free of postage tax.



Normal user

3 Aug 2020, 01:16

F / TRAD has adult and children's MUACS available in Niamey, and can be delivered anywhere. The unit cost is 0.5 US dollars or 300 CFA. NGOs such as GOAL, IRC, SAMARITANS PURSE are already our clients.


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