Grant is closed

Oct 2015 – Dec 2018

Community Management of Acute Malnutrition in Nigeria (Phase 2)



Nigeria – Africa

To integrate community treatment for severely acute malnourished children at scale into the Nigerian health service.

$44,965,062 Grant Value

$2,500,000 evaluation budget

Nigeria’s rates of severe acute malnutrition - also known as severe wasting - are among the highest in the world at around 1.9 million children each year. One in ten of all severely wasted children worldwide live in Nigeria.

17.3 million children worldwide are severely wasted. 1 in 10 of these children is in Nigeria.

This grant will help treat up to 250,000 malnourished children per year in 11 states in Northern Nigeria with ready-to-use therapeutic food and basic health care. 

The project also aims to mobilise domestic financing at the state level to ensure the programme's long term sustainability. The model for community-based treatment has proven itself to be cost effective with impact. The programme has shown that it costs just $160 (just under 32,000 naira) to cure a child who is suffering from severe wasting.

It doesn't cost much to cure a child

Find out more about the impact this project is having in Northern Nigeria here.

An infographic explaining the project and its impact can be found here.


Over a five year period, the grant aims to treat up to one million children for severe acute malnutrition in Nigeria successfully by improving service quality, and increasing political will and resources. 

In year three, more than 400,000 children were admitted by the end of October and an expected 550,000 children will be treated by the end of 2016. 87% of admitted children were successfully cured – a cure rate well above global standards.

National and State-level coverage surveys can be found at the Coverage Monitoring Network.

In addition, in 2016 state governments budgeted the highest ever amounts for nutrition programming and by mid-December Kaduna, Bauchi and Gombe state governments had released $1.2 million of funds for the purchase of ready-to-use therapeutic food. This amount was matched by CIFF, so that these states can treat twice as many children with their allocated funds.