Use of Mid Upper-Arm Circumference (MUAC) as screening tool in an urban township in the Eastern Cape: rationale for testing changed cut-off values to identify malnutrition

  • Shawn McLaren Nelson Mandela University
  • Liana Steenkamp Nelson Mandela University
  • Danie Venter Nelson Mandela University

Abstract

Severe acute malnutrition (SAM) is still a public health concern in South Africa illustrated by the increase in the number of SAM cases from 21 598 in 2012/2013 to 23 743 in 2013/2014.1 To decrease SAM, early identification of children with moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) is needed. (Full text available online at www.medpharm.tandfonline.com/ojcn) South Afr J Clin Nutr 2017; DOI: 10.1080/16070658.2017.1376859

Author Biographies

Shawn McLaren, Nelson Mandela University
Department of Dietetics Nelson Mandela University Port Elizabeth
Liana Steenkamp, Nelson Mandela University
HIV & AIDS Research Unit Nelson Mandela University Port Elizabeth
Danie Venter, Nelson Mandela University
Department of Dietetics Nelson Mandela University Port Elizabeth
Published
2017-12-04
Section
Scientific Letter