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.