Malawi: Nutrition Updates, July 2020 - Issue 42

Situation Report
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Severe acute manutrition (SAM) admissions declined by 3% from 2,5006 between January and July 2019 to 24, 249 in the same period in 2020.

Prior to COVID19, there was an 8% increase in SAM admissions from 12,230 between January to March 2020 to 13,191 same period in 2020.

However there has been a 13% decrease in SAM admission between April – July 2020 compared to same period in 2019.

Counting the gains, beating malnutrition

  • Community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) comprises 619 outpatient therapeutic centres, 104 nutritional rehabilitation units and 611 supplementary feeding programme centres.

  • 2,505 children aged below the age of five received life-saving treatment for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) compared to 2,892 in July 2019, representing a 13% decrease.

  • 1,574 children were admitted to treatment centres with moderate acute malnutrition compared to 7,769 in July 2019, representing a 80% decrease.

  • 754 pregnant and lactating women with moderate acute malnutrition were admitted, a 77% drop from 3,214 in July 2019.