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New UNICEF classification standards for malnutrition

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Anonymous 40599


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10 Mar 2021, 09:41

I would like to know the new WHO and Unicef classification standards on the severity of malnutrition. Is it now recommended to use these for making decisions?

Alfred Zerfas

UNICEF (retired)

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10 Mar 2021, 11:05

Refer you to the joint publication of WHO/UNICEF 

WHO Child Growth Standards and the Identification of Severe Acute Malnutrition in Infants and Children Joint Statement WHO/UNICEF, 2009.

Weight/height <-3 SD reference or MUAC <115 mm or Bilateral pitting oedema. This was for children aged 6-60 months; no estimates given for Children aged 0-5 months in this publication. 

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