Protocol for management of acute malnutrition in Rwanda
For health personnel, paediatricians, doctors, nurses, nutritionists and other caregivers.
Malnutrition remains one of the most common causes of morbidity and mortality among
children throughout the world – malnourished children are at risk of death or severe
impairment of growth and psychological development.
This manual is for the treatment of patients with severe acute malnutrition in hospitals and
health centres. It includes an introduction to the pathophysiology of severe acute malnutrition, then following the normal flow of patients from the community to outpatient treatment in health centres and then to the hospital for more serious cases with complications.
This manual is intended for all health personnel, including paediatricians, doctors, nurses, nutritionists and all others that care for such patients. It is intended to replace any existing guide for treating severely malnourished patients and should be used throughout Rwanda.