© UNICEF/UNI236414/Noorani

About the course

The course has two modules 

Module 1 provides information and practical tools to help identify acute malnutrition, and describes preparedness, and planning for the treatment of children under 5 years old with acute malnutrition/wasting.

Module 2 focuses on the administration of individual treatment and community engagement.

Learning objectives

By the end of Module 1, you should be able to:

  • Describe how to assess acute malnutrition in children under 5 years old
  • Describe the relevant standards for managing acute malnutrition in emergencies
  • Explain the components of early detection and treatment for acute malnutrition
  • Explain admission and discharge criteria for the treatment of acute malnutrition in children under 5 years old
  • Discuss the importance of early childhood development (ECD) in treatment

By the end of Module 2, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of communication and community engagement in Community-Based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM)
  • Describe the principles of treating severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) in children
  • Explain the monitoring and evaluation of CMAM programming

  • UNICEF staff (country offices, regional offices, and HQ)
  • UNICEF partners, including government, civil society, and the private sector


It takes about about 70 minutes to complete the course. 


This course consists of two self-paced tutorials with interactive content and quizzes.


The course is composed of two parts:

  • Module 1: Acute Malnutrition - Part 1
    • Identification of acute malnutrition
    • Relevant standards
    • Community-Based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM)
    • Preparedness
    • Planning for programmes
    • Admission and discharge criteria for CMAM
    • Early child development
    • Quiz
  • Module 2: Acute Malnutrition - Part 2
    • Community engagement for CMAM
    • Triage and referral
    • Management of MAM
    • Outpatient management of SAM
    • Inpatient management of SAM
    • Programme delivery options
    • Supplies
    • Monitoring and reporting
    • Quiz

Contact details

For content-related questions, contact nutrition@unicef.org