The CMAM Surge Approach

The CMAM Surge Approach has been developed by Concern Worldwide to help health systems more effectively deliver services for children with acute malnutrition.

This health centre in Tahoua, Niger, which serves over 50 rural villages, has been using the CMAM Surge approach since 2016 to help respond to increases in their malnutrition caseloads. Photo: Darren Vaughan / Concern Worldwide.
This health centre in Tahoua, Niger, which serves over 50 rural villages, has been using the CMAM Surge approach since 2016 to help respond to increases in their malnutrition caseloads. Photo: Darren Vaughan / Concern Worldwide.

It is based on the observation that in many contexts the number of children seeking treatment for acute malnutrition tends to peak during certain months of the year. These seasonal ‘surges’ in demand are driven by many overlapping factors, including, for example the pre-harvest hunger gap, increased incidence of malaria or diarrhoea during the rainy season, women’s workload patterns and movements associated with grazing livestock. It is during these caseload surges that the potential to save lives is greatest, yet government health systems and the wider humanitarian sector are often not able to provide timely, effective response.

Core knowledge products

The CMAM Surge Approach outlines a process and set of practical tools to help health facility and health district teams determine when seasonal caseload surges are likely to occur and to better prepare for and manage services during those periods of high demand. The core knowledge products are available for download below.

Additional products

Concern has developed additional resources that peers might find useful. These resources are available for download below. 

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