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No time to waste: no wasted lives advocacy brief

In order to ensure that no child suffers or dies from wasting, the No Wasted Lives Coalition calls for multi-sectoral and sustainable investment in people, systems and services.

No Wasted Lives: Accelerating action for children with acute malnutrition

What is the global acute malnutrition burden?  How is No Wasted Lives working to address it? Download more info on No Wasted Lives.


This plan demonstrates the priorities of the No Wasted Lives Coalition to support the scale-up of treatment and prevention efforts for wasting in children.



In October 2017, No Wasted Lives consulted with partners working in nutrition and health, as well as donors from the humanitarian and development sectors, in order to propose next steps for the scale-up and integration of innovations in CMAM protocols in to services in the West and Central Africa Region. 

A Research Agenda for Acute Malnutrition

Through a prioritisation and review process, CORTASAM outlined 7 research areas to effectively generate critical evidence to advance policy and operational outcomes by 2020.

Recommendation on the use of Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) in the Community

The first recommendation from CORTASAM on the use of MUAC, that builds on existing global guidance and consensus, and is aimed to encourage immediate action and use of the growing evidence-base in this sector.


Use of Mid-Upper Arm Circumference by Novel Community Platforms to Detect, Diagnose, and Treat Severe Acute Malnutrition in Children: A Systematic Review

J. Bliss et al.

Relapse after Severe Acute Malnutrition: a systematic literature review and secondary data analysis

H.C. Stobaugh et al.

Summary of CHNRI Survey

In April 2017 we launched a global research prioritisation exercise that aimed to provide a robust and transparent framework to collect global, regional, and country-level stakeholder feedback on the research priorities across the continuum of acute malnutrition in children 0-5 years of age. This survey resulted in impressive results: we received 313 responses representing 63 different countries and 167 different organisations globally. A summary of the responses is available below.

Summary of Expressions of Interest in Response to the Research Agenda

In January 2018, No Wasted Lives ran a call for Expressions of Interest in response to the Research Agenda. The call closed in February. 71 submissions were received, totalling a value of over $41m, from 44 organisations, for research in 26 countries. Download this document for a detailed summary of the submissions.

Shortlist of Expressions of Interest in Response to the Research Agenda

In July 2018, No Wasted Lives announced a shortlist of 15 projects totalling a value of over $10m that have been selected for possible funding in response to the Research Agenda. Download an overview of the shortlisted projects here.


View all the research studies in the No Wasted Lives portfolio here

Combined Protocol for Acute Malnutrition Study (ComPAS) in rural South Sudan and urban Kenya: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

J. Bailey et al.

The Combined Protocols for Acute Malnutrition Study (ComPAS) aims to evaluate the impact of a simplified protocol for uncomplicated moderate and severe acute malnutrition compared to the standard protocol, which is the national treatment protocol in each country. 

The "ComPAS Trial" Combined Treatment Model for Acute Malnutrition: Study Protocol for the Economic Evaluation

N. Lelijveld et al.

The Combined Protocols for Acute Malnutrition Study (ComPAS) aims to test a simplified protocol for uncomplicated moderate and severe acute malnutrition. The economic evaluation protocols are a critical part of our research to test if a new combined approach is cost-effective.

C-Project - Quality of Care

J. Alvarez Morán et al.

In 2014 Action Against Hunger and the innocent foundation launched a study to explore whether Community Health Workers (CHW) could successfully diagnose and treat SAM in the community at the household level. The study found that the majority of SAM-affected children were correctly assessed for the presence of major clinical signs as well as of danger signs.

C-Project - Effectiveness of Treatment

J. Alvarez Morán et al.

This study found that CHWs treated and rehabilitated the large majority of children enrolled in the programme. They reduced the risk of children abandoning treatment before completing it.

C-Project - Cost-effectiveness of Treatment

E. Rogers et al.

This cost-effectiveness study found that the delivery of treatment by CHWs is a cost-effective intervention; a major benefit of this strategy was the lower cost incurred by the beneficiary household when treatment is available in the community.

Can community health workers manage uncomplicated severe acute malnutrition? A review of operational experiences in delivering severe acute malnutrition treatment through community health platforms

N. López‐Ejeda et al.

Evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of the treatment of uncomplicated severe acute malnutrition by lady health workers as compared to an outpatient therapeutic feeding programme in Sindh Province, Pakistan

E. Rogers et al.