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MUAC Feb26Butuan City- In the Second Quarter Meeting of the Social Development Committee (SDC) of the Regional Development Council (RDC) on 2 June 2022 via virtual platform, the Committee unanimously approved the adoption of the Philippine Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (PIMAM) protocol and referral system in Caraga region.  

PIMAM is a nutrition-specific program based on the World Health Organization (WHO) protocols for inpatient therapeutic care and the Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition.

In his presentation, National Nutrition Council Caraga, Officer-in-Charge, Dr. Nino Archie S. Labordo, shared that the focus of the management are children 6-59 months who have sudden loss or wasting, bilateral edema, and loss of appetite and malnutrition that resulted in prolonged insufficient food intake, concurrent or repeated bouts of infection, and or inappropriate child rearing.

Nutrition Assessment conducted in typhoon Odette hit areas using Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) for 6-59 months old children, and height or length and weight taking, covering as of May 11, 2022, 134 severe acute malnourished children and 365 moderate acute malnourished children detected.

This means that there is one acutely malnourished child assessed in every 100 children.

The adoption of the PIMAM protocol would not only assess the nutritional status of children but rather save children under the state of acute malnutrition, said NNC Caraga OIC, Dr. Labordo.
Policy issuance forwarded by the Department of Health through DOH Administrative Oder 2015-0055 or the National Guidelines of Acute Malnutrition for children under five years provides DOH at the regional level as the lead implementer of the program.

PIMAM is a component of the Strategic Framework for Comprehensive Nutrition Implementation Plan of 2014-2025 and focuses on the management of moderate and acute malnutrition.

It describes the four principles of implementation which include, (1) maximum coverage and access; (2) timeliness; (3) appropriate care; (4) care when and where it is needed. # NASLabordo