SCALING UP CARE FOR CHILDREN WITH SEVERE ACUTE MALNUTRITION IN SOUTH SUDAN
Expanding quality services in a complex emergency context
"Scaling Up Care for Children with Severe Acute Malnutrition" narrates opportunities and lessons learned while building a resilient Community-Based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) programme in the complex emergency situation of South Sudan. It further illustrates how partnerships and system level investments can save lives and improve equity, even in the most challenging humanitarian context.
The scale-up of the CMAM programme took place as part of a broader strategy to improve maternal and child nutrition in South Sudan. This approach was outlined in UNICEF’s ‘Maternal, infant and young child nutrition programme package and strategy’ (2017–2025), which was launched and rolled out in 2017.
During the programme’ s expansion between 2014 and 2018, many positive changes have been recorded, ranging from improved access to improved quality of service. However, the lack of long-term funding and a strong health system remains a challenge to sustain the gains made so far.