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IPC Tools and Procedures for Classification of Acute Malnutrition

Addendum to the IPC Technical Manual Version 2.0

Nov 2016

The IPC for Acute Malnutrition Classification complements the IPC for Acute Food Insecurity Classification by providing information on non-food security related factors that contribute to acute malnutrition. Additionally, the outcome of the IPC AFI classification is used as an input in the IPC for Acute Malnutrition. IPC for Acute Malnutrition should ideally be carried out at the same unit of analysis and at the same time as the IPC for Acute Food Insecurity in order to ensure this complementarity.

The details of the IPC for Acute Malnutrition have been summarised and included in an addendum to the IPC Technical Manual Version 2.0, which outlines the IPC principles, core functions, and tools & procedures (protocols) involved in the IPC classification as well as the IPC for Acute Food Insecurity classification.

The main value added of IPC for Acute Malnutrition is that it enables classification of areas based on different methods and indicators of acute malnutrition (with clear parameters for minimal reliability needed), and also allows analysis and identification of key contributing factors to acute malnutrition. Furthermore, the IPC for Acute Malnutrition also supports projection of the situation and communication of actionable information linking to decision making.

This addendum is intended as a guide to organise and carry out the IPC for Acute Malnutrition analysis, which would typically be initiated by an existing IPC Technical Working Group (TWG).It covers only sections related to the classification of severity and identification of drivers as well as communication for action. In order to get a full understanding of the IPC approaches and processes, it is highly recommended that this addendum is used along with the IPC Technical Manual (version 2.0). 

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