Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) in Nigeria

Treating severly acute malnorished children with the community and the Nigerian health service.

Treating Malnourished Children in Nigeria

Severe acute malnutrition, or severe wasting, occurs when a child’s weight drops to such a low level they are at risk of dying. Nigeria’s rates of severe wasting are among the highest in the world at 1.9 million children each year. Up to 10% will die without treatment.

Over a five year period, the CIFF’s grant to the Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) programme aims to treat up to one million children for Severe Acute Malnutrition in Nigeria successfully by improving service quality, and increasing political will and resources. The program welcomes mothers and children to local health clinics. Malnourished children are able to recover quickly by eating fortified peanut-based ready-to-use therapeutic food. Mothers and children also receive basic health care, treatment for common childhood diseases, and nutrition and feeding advice which can followed at home.

Together with Nigeria’s Federal and State Ministries of Health and UNICEF, the community programme delivers life-saving care and treatment to children with severe acute malnutrition under the age of five in 11 states in Northern Nigeria.


  • Results for Development (R4D)

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 51-100

    Results for Development Institute (R4D) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to unlock solutions to tough development challenges that prevent people in low- and middle-income countries...

  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's...

  • Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) - duplicate

    United Kingdom | Staff size: 51-100

    The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) is an independent philanthropic organisation, headquartered in London with offices in Nairobi and New Delhi....

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Key Information

LocationNigeria, West Africa
  • Start Date 2013
  • End Date 2015
  • ValueUSD 32.1 Million