Management of Wasting

Wasting or acute malnutrition is a life-threatening condition, increasing the risk of death and serious illness. It occurs as a result of recent rapid weight loss or a failure to gain weight, most often caused by severe nutritional restrictions, a recent bout of illness, inappropriate childcare practices or a combination of these factors. It is characterised by extreme weight loss, resulting in low weight for height, and/or low mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) with or without the presence of bilateral oedema. While global efforts have focused on providing treatment for wasted children, particularly in humanitarian crisis, access to treatment remains unacceptably low, and urgent attention is needed to develop and scale-up solutions for both the treatment and prevention of wasting.

Global Thematic Working Group

The GTWG for Wasting was formed in early 2020.

It currently has 39 members from a wide range of organisations and is currently jointly chaired by ENN and UNICEF. Two sub-working groups exist- a prevention workstream as well as a risk sub-working group.

During the first quarter of 2021, the GTWG worked to identify technical gaps and emerging guidance needs which will be finalised in a work plan in the following quarter.

Key Resources