Oct 2015 – Dec 2020

Reinventing community management of acute malnutrition



Multiple countries – Global

To introduce new, improved and more cost-effective treatment for severe acute malnutrition.

$6,816,799 Grant Value

Existing evidence shows that community-based treatment of severe acute malnutrition is a very cost-effective treatment method. For example, a CIFF-funded programme in Nigeria has shown that, in Northern Nigeria, it costs just $160 to cure a child who is suffering from severe acute malnutrition. 

This programme will invest in evidence and research to refine the dosage of ready-to-use therapeutic food and find more efficient ways to deliver treatment to children.

The grant will also improve the availability of data related to severe acute malnutrition and treatment, building an open access global database to highlight the status of severe acute malnutrition around the world.

The grant includes two projects:

  • The Combined Protocol for Acute Malnutrition Study (ComPAS)
  • Modelling an Alternative Nutrition Protocol Generalizable to Outpatient (MANGO)

Information about the two projects can be found in the documents linked below.


This grant aims to reduce the cost of treatment for severe acute malnutrition by up to 20%.

In the first 16 months of the grant preparatory work to set up the major research activities was completed and the MANGO and ComPAS projects will begin enrolling children in 2017. 

In addition, over the last year CIFF and Action Against Hunger co-ordinated with other leading agencies to launch the No Wasted Lives coalition. No Wasted Lives consolidates the objectives of this grant within a bigger ambition to transform treatment and prevention of severe acute malnutrition globally. For more information on No Wasted Lives see the brochure linked below and visit the coalition's website.