Grant is closed

Apr 2017 – Mar 2019

Transforming SAM treatment in India - Phase 1



India – South Asia

To build sustainable community management of acute malnutrition expertise in India through centres of excellence at national and state levels.

$3,000,000 Grant Value

$200,000 evaluation budget


Other funders

  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

10,000 children were treated successfully for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in 2016 through the CIFF-supported POSHAN programme in India. This investment is the next step towards ensuring that children with severe acute malnutrition have access to the treatment they need.

The investment will be carried out in partnership with UNICEF and will support the Indian Government in rolling out the pilots. The pilots will be funded by other donors, while CIFF’s role will be to provide technical assistance to build and embed community management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) expertise across the country at all levels. Learnings from the pilots will be shared with states and the federal government, with the support of champions across states and leading academic institutions. 


The investment will last for at least two years and is expected to result in:

  • A high-profile demonstration that CMAM can be delivered cost effectively through the Government’s system in at least five pilot states with the remaining eight pilots underway.
  • Local CMAM technical expertise that enables high quality programmes to be designed and executed across India.