SAM average length of stay
Average duration of SAM treatment
Sum of lengths of stay for beneficiaries in therapeutic treatment programme (in days)
Number of beneficiaries
Geographical area, sex, group of beneficiaries: children 6-59 months, PLW, people 60 years old and older, other groups
Indicator used for response monitoring ?
Threshold / Standard
According to guidelines in use
Average Length Of Stay is calculated on a randomized sample of cured discharges for kwashiorkor and marasmus. A reasonable randomized sample of discharged cured cases is 20. If lower numbers have been discharged cured during the period of reporting, take all discharged cured.
Guidance on phases
Phase III and IV
SAM management reporting
Guidelines define limits for the mean length of stay for treatment and are aimed at avoiding prolonged recovery periods. Mean length of stay will differ depending on the guidelines in use and so should be adjusted to national context and guidelines in use. (SPHERE)