21 Oct 2015

Combined Protocol for Acute Malnutrition Study info sheet


A two-page document on the Combined Protocol for Acute Malnutrition Study (ComPAS) research consortium

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The global approach to treating malnourished children requires a new way forward. Although acute malnutrition is a continuum condition, severe and moderate acute malnutrition are treated separately with different protocols and therapeutic products managed by separate UN agencies.

Due to logistical constraints, many Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) programs only offer treatment of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) despite the fact that children with moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) are three times more likely to die than well-nourished children. MAM is also associated with more nutrition-related deaths than SAM.

ComPAS will produce a new treatment protocol within the CMAM model that allows admission anywhere along the continuum of SAM and MAM, uses one therapeutic product at tapered doses as children progress through treatment, and discharges based on response to treatment.