The Community Based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) Association of India, founded in February 2020, has come into existence to address the critical need of reducing Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) amongst children in India.
The CMAM Association plans to provide a platform for a national discourse on eradication of malnutrition by catalyzing involvement of stakeholders at all levels and interested parties.
We look forward to working with the central as state governments of India to fast-track the process of bringing acutely malnourished children out of the danger zone through strengthening access to proper nutrition and accelerated community involvement.
Mission & Vision
Our Mission is to partner with the government, academia, civil society, and other non-governmental organisations to frame the ideal mechanisms for prevention and treatment of acute malnutrition and then implement them at the grassroot level.
We look to bring all stakeholders together through knowledge sharing seminars, information sessions, conferences and roundtables and provide them a platform to further the discourse on improving the nutritional status of children and preventing child deaths caused by malnutrition.
We seek to undertake programs at the community level to empower the local government, community workers, village elders, and the mothers and caregivers, in adopting the best nutrition practices for their children. We also seek to promote Community based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) through nutritional and therapeutic supplements in order to prevent the death of children affected by acute malnutrition in India.
We also seek to improve public health service delivery at the community level, by improving Anganwadi centres, undertaking programs for training and capacity building of community health workers, and suggesting reforms in other child related public health policies of the government.
Our Vision is to work towards the eradication of malnutrition in all its forms; especially but not exclusively, to ameliorate severe and moderate acute malnutrition in India. We see our role as a convenor and catalyst of ideas and stakeholders working towards improving the nutritional status of children and eradication of malnutrition in India. We seek to help India in achieving the nutrition targets that it has set for itself for the year 2022 and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well-Being, and Clean Water and Sanitation by 2030.
Since malnutrition is a global problem and coordination at an international level is of utmost importance in overcoming this problem, we would also look to engage with international bodies inter alia UNICEF, UN World Food Programme and WHO to combine our efforts in eradicating malnutrition across the globe.
India is home to over 60 lac SAM children – and with health systems being overwhelmed in urban and peri-urban areas, and more so during the pandemic era, it is only a matter of time before the health systems in rural India are over run. Hence, the need for community based treatment for malnutrition is more pressing than ever before. Children need access to emergency food that will help them build immunity to get through this crisis. We must ensure that they do not reach the write Nutrition Rehabilitation Centres (NRCs).