Global SAM Management Update - Summary of Findings, September 2013

from UN Children's Fund
Published on 30 Sep 2013

l. Introduction

The management of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) is critical for child survival and is a key component of the scaling up nutrition framework for addressing undernutrition. UNICEF is a leading organization in the scaled-up implementation of community-based management of acute malnutrition and provides technical support and capacity-building for ministries of health and NGOs involved in treating children with SAM. Globally, UNICEF remains the main procurer of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), procuring approximately 80 per cent of global needs, besides therapeutic milk (F-75, F100) and ReSoMal, which are essential for SAM treatment.

A significant component of UNICEF’s work is monitoring and evaluation to demonstrate coverage and quality. An initial mapping of countries supported by UNICEF in the area of community based management of severe acute malnutrition was conducted in 2010, using 2009 data. The review assessed Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition1 (CMAM) programming with a focus on SAM treatment. This was followed by the 2011 ‘Global SAM Treatment Update’, an effort to capture and analyse key SAM treatment data to obtain a global snapshot of the status of SAM services in 2011 and gain a better understanding of the progress made by the programme during the year. In 2012, UNICEF worked with NGO partner Valid International to develop a web-based data collection and reporting system. The objective was to build on previous efforts to gather baseline data related to SAM management at the national level, to be synthesized and reported at regional and global levels.

This report summarizes the key findings from the 2012 Global SAM Management Update, including comparisons between the 2009 and 2011 data that help measure progress. In addition, this report outlines the way forward on global SAM management reporting and identifies areas around nutrition information that require strengthening.