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, Liana Steenkamp, Danie Venter

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.

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South Afr J Clin Nutr 2017; DOI: 10.1080/16070658.2017.1376859

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