Child Growth Standards and the Identification of Severe Acute Malnutrition in Infants and Children

This statement presents the recommended cut-offs, summarizes the rationale for their adoption and advocates for their harmonized application in the identification of 6–60 month old infants and children for the management of severe acute malnutrition (SAM). It also reviews the implications on patient load, on discharge criteria and on programme planning and monitoring.

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Type de ressource

Advocacy Statement


Publié par

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO)


Food and Nutrition