Safety of Using Mid-Upper Arm Circumference as a Discharge Criterion in Community-Based Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition in Children 6–59 Months of Age

Simplifying the protocols for monitoring and discharging children who are acutely malnourished can save time and costs, thus enabling community-based management of acute malnutrition programs to provide care for more children while using the same resources. FANTA initiated a study with Valid International in Malawi to test the safety of using mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) as a discharge criterion that could simplify the process. Results show that a MUAC of at least 125 mm on two consecutive visits can be used as a safe discharge criterion, and may eliminate some of the problems associated with current discharge procedures.

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