Help children reach their full potential
Severe acute malnutrition (SAM) is a life-threatening condition. You must urgently treat children with SAM.
You can identify a child with SAM if they have:
These children may either have:
SAM is usually caused by a recent change in diet. For example, when a child stops breastfeeding or has an illness.
Admit to hospital
Get a child with SAM admitted to hospital. There the condition will be investigated and managed according to standard treatment guidelines. This includes necessary antibiotics, potassium supplements and specialised therapeutic foods.
After the child is discharged, you need to monitor their recovery and help prevent the condition from recurring. This should include:
Make sure the child receives community and social welfare support. For example, a community food garden and child support (or other) grants.