Acute malnutrition in Pregnant and Lactating Women

Acute malnutrition in Pregnant and Lactating Women

Prevalence rate (%) PLW with MUAC less than 210-230 mm (Note: Countries use a range of different cut-offs depending on resources)

Unit Description: 
Percentage
Numerator: 
Number of Pregnant and Lactating Women with infants 0-5 months that meet the criteria for acute malnutrition based on MUAC
Denominator: 
Total number of Pregnant and Lactating Women with infants below age of 0 to 5 months surveyed
Disaggregation: 
Geographical area
General guidance: 
There are NO agreed international Cut off points for MUAC for PLW so National MUAC cut off points may vary, If available/possible, use representative survey, if not - rapid nutrition assessment with smaller number of PLW can give you some idea of the situation
Guidance on phases: 
All phases
Phase applicability: 
Pre-crisis/Baseline
Phase 1
Phase 2
Phase 3
Phase 4
Data Sources: 
Population-based surveys with representative sampling methods (MICS, DHS, SMART) or rapid nutrition assessment
Comments: 
PLW may be a problematic to define and identify, SMART surveys provide data for women with children, so definition of lactating should be mothers with infants 0-5 months; caution on excluding women in first pregnancy
Code: 
N-011
Sub-domain: 
N1 Prevention and Management of Acute Malnutrition
Unit of Measurement: 
Individual
Key indicator: 
Yes
Types: 
Baseline
Outcome
Indicator used for response monitoring ?: 
Yes
Standards: 
Sphere: Appendix 4: Measuring acute malnutrition
SPHERE Food security and nutrition chapter
Global Clusters: 
Nutrition
Sector cross-tagging: 
F1 Food Assistance
F3 Food Access
F4 Income Access
F5 Market Access
F6 Availability
F7 Utilization
H1 General clinical services & essential trauma care
H2 Child health
H4.2 Maternal and newborn care
W1 Hygiene Promotion
W2 Water Supply
W4 Vector Control
W7 Aggravating Factors