Community Therapeutic Care (CTC): A New Approach to Managing Acute Malnutrition in Emergencies and Beyond

Manual and Guideline
Originally published


Community Therapeutic Care (CTC) is a new approach to managing acute malnutrition in emergencies and beyond. Conceived by Valid International, CTC seeks to address some of the challenges that traditional center-based approaches face. It aims to provide rapid, effective, low cost assistance that is least disruptive to affected communities and builds a foundation to link relief and development interventions for long-term solutions to food insecurity and threats to public health. CTC aims to treat the majority of the severely malnourished at home, build local capacity to better manage care of acutely malnourished children, and address repeated cycles of relief and recovery.

This technical note responds to the frequently asked questions associated with CTC. It describes the CTC approach, implementation, and the role of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF). It summarizes results to date and outlines ongoing and planned activities.