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Title of Paper: WHO child growth standards and the identification of severe acute malnutrition in infants and children: a Joint Statement by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund.

Type of Paper: A Joint Statement by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund

Purpose: To define the cutoffs for diagnosing severe acute malnutrition (SAM), including severe wasting, kwashiorkor, or marasmic kwashiorkor. Specifically, diagnostic criteria for defining severe wasting were updated.

Diagnostic Criteria for SAM in Children Ages 6-60 Months:

The Rationale for Using These Criteria:

Implications of Using the WHO Standards:

Reference:

World Health Organization, United Nations Children’s Fund. WHO child growth standards and the identification of severe acute malnutrition in infants and children: A Joint Statement by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund. Geneva: World Health Organization and UNICEF; 2009.


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