Cost-effectiveness of community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) in Malawi

Wilford R, Golden K, Walker DG.

The study showed that scaling-up CMAM within essential health services in Dowa District, Malawi was cost-effective and scaling up CMAM in similar contexts is also likely to be cost-effective

This study assessed the cost-effectiveness of CMAM to prevent deaths due to severe acute malnutrition (SAM) among children under-five years comparing the costs and effects of two options to treat SAM: existing health services with CMAM vs existing health services without CMAM

Under ‘base case’ scenario, the authors found that CMAM cost US$42 per disability-adjusted life year (DALY) averted (2007 US$) and US$493 per DALY averted under an assumed ‘worst case’ scenario

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