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SAM Threshold for Emergency Response

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Rogers Wanyama

Emergency Nutrition Specialist

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3 Aug 2011, 10:48

Is there international consensus on the SAM threshold to trigger a response? I understand other contextual factors need also to be considered. Still on the same GAM prevalence > 15% calls for immediate emergency intervention. The GAM (%) benchmarks were based on NCHS, with the new WHO standards is there a need to review the benchmarks? Rogers

Mark Myatt

Epidemiologist at Brixton Health

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3 Aug 2011, 12:33

This has been discussed previously here, here and (probably) elsewhere in these forums. You will see that I am not a fan of the thresholds approach. On the question of revision ... it could be argued that WGS is just a better NCHS so we should keep the same thresholds.

Rogers Wanyama

Emergency Nutrition Specialist

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11 Aug 2011, 16:35

Hi Mark Thanks for the response on SAM threshold . I have read the similar question and responses posted in this forum . Thanks

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