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SAM in Urban Settings: “The challenge here is not prevalence, but the caseload”

Since April 2013, the Chadian medical organization Alerte Santé and Alima have been supporting the Chadian Ministry of Health to treat Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) in the capital N’Djamena in Chad. Preliminary results of this new project were published in the latest edition of the reference magazine on nutrition in emergencies, Field Exchange from September 2013.

“The Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) in urban areas is common but often overlooked. Indeed, we had to revise our forecasts from 3000 expected cases of SAM to 7000 cases in 2013”, said Déo Katsuva, medical coordinator for Alima/Alerte Santé in Chad. ” In order to prevent and fight malnutrition , we should need to scale up the Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) in large cities in the Sahel, so that these services are integrated into the provision of routine…

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