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MUAC Screening Report Borno State, October 2016


A large scale MUAC screening was organized to identify and treat children with severe acute malnutrition across 11 Local Government Areas (LGAs) and 110 wards in Borno State from September 17 to October 24, 2016.


More than 0.6 million children were screened as part of the assessment. Children identified as malnourished were referred for treatment at outpatient therapeutic programme (OTP) sites in the government supported primary health care centers providing community management of severe acute malnutrition (CMAM) services.

Key findings: 

A total of 651,616 children 6-59 months were screened, however, the LGA
level analysis included 644,088 children and ward level analysis
included 613,000 children due to missing LGA and ward names
and exclusion of poor quality data form one ward. The data excluded
from the analysis represents 1.2% of screened children
and has no significant impact on the overall estimate.

Prevalence of proxy GAM and SAM reported at 12.1 and 3.5%
respectively. Proxy GAM in the 11 LGAs and 110 wards assessed
ranged from 4.5 - 20.0% and 0.7 - 37.0% respectively. Prevalence
of proxy SAM in the 11 LGAs ranged from 1.3 - 8.5% and in 110
wards assessed ranged from 0.3 - 12.1%.

Prevalence of proxy GAM was greater than 15% in 6 LGAs and 34
Wards. The prevalence of proxy SAM is greater than 3 percent in
5 LGAs and 45 wards.

Sample size: 
Assessment Report: 
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Assessment Questionnaire: 
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Assessment Data: 
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Assessment Date(s): 
12 Sep 2016 to 22 Oct 2016
Report completed
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Leading/Coordinating Organization(s): 
Government of Nigeria - Ministry of Health
United Nations Children's Fund