Severe acute malnutrition based on MUAC and oedema
Prevalence rate (%) children 6-59 months with MUAC less than 115 mm and/or having bilateral pitting oedema
Number of children aged 6-59 months that meet the criteria for severe wasting based on MUAC
Total number of children aged 6-59 months surveyed
Geographical area, age, sex
Indicator used for response monitoring ?
Threshold / Standard
WHO child growth standards and the identification of severe acute malnutrition in infants and children. A Joint Statement by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund, 2009.
When possible to use representative surveys, alternatively - rapid nutrition assessment with smaller number of children can give an idea of the situation - but these findings from a rapid nutrition assessment - with small numbers of children need to be treated with caution and should NOT be presented as prevalence but as number of children
Guidance on phases
Phase I,II; added to surveys Phase III,IV
Population surveys with representative sampling methods (MICS, DHS, SMART) & rapid nutrition assessment
It is a good practice to disaggregate oedema cases, however there is a concern of accuracy and precision.