IJSR International Journal of Scientific Research 2277 - 8179 Indian Society for Health and Advanced Research ijsr-7-3-14408 Original Research Paper Retrospective study of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) at Malnutrition Treatment Centre (MTC) of Ajmer, Rajasthan Kanwar Singh Dr. March 2018 7 3 01 02 ABSTRACT


Aims of study: The objective of our study is retrospective evaluation of the data to assess the effectiveness of MTC in providing medical and nutritional rehabilitation care for children with SAM in our MTC.

Results: Out of the 1047 children of age 6–60 months with SAM, 72.21% had a weight –for–height/length (WH/L) Z score below –3SD, 64.85% had mid upper arm circumference (MUAC) < 11.5 cm, 12.03% had bipedal oedema and 53.75% had both WH/L Z score below –3SD and MUAC <11.5 cm. 76.40% were discharged however recovered (weight gain more than 15% of admission).

Conclusions: Survival of children with SAM in our study was good (76.40%) however recovery rate was low (11.65%). The average weight gain of children with SAM was 8.06 gm/kg/day (±12.01gm) in our study and average duration of stay was 8.67 days.