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how much does it cost on average to treat one child for SAM in OTP

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Anonymous 118

Nutrition Advisor

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19 Jan 2012, 15:37

I'm sorry if this has been discussed in the past. I was asked how much it costs on average to treat a child for SAM. I am not satisfied with what I found doing some internet research and I was wondering if anybody has a good estimate. Thank you in advance!

N.B the questionner is aware of the CMAM tool announced in a previous discussion, but is looking for an average cost if this has been estimated

Mark Myatt

Consultant Epideomiologist

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19 Jan 2012, 19:21

I'm not going to answer the question. I'll answer a different (related) one ... The costs per DALY of CMAM programs ranges between about US$20 and US$50. That is very cheap. Knowing cost without knowing what is being purchased is not very meaningful. The DALY is the standard unit of health purchase.

Rogers Wanyama

Emergency Nutrition Specialist

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20 Jan 2012, 03:41


Find SAM treatment cost see estimates from different countries in the document found in the link : Scaling Up Nutrition,What Will It Cost? (Check Annex 4 & Table 10)

For DALY useful publications:


Anonymous 118

Nutrition Advisor

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20 Jan 2012, 14:49

Thanks both of you - this is very helpful!

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