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Clinical Review

Management of the severely malnourished child: perspective from developing countries

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 18 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:146

Rapid Response:

Management of Severe Malnutrition

Dear Editor,

Following Maharaj Bhan , Nita Bhandari and Rajiv Bahls
article "Management of the severely malnourished child: perspective from
developing countries" BMJ 326. pp146-151, Jan.18th '03, many of your
readers may wish to improve their management of malnourished children.

Prof Ann Ashworth and colleagues have been training health workers in the
management of severe malnutrition in Southern Africa. They have found
that nurses want something simpler and easier to read than the material
available from WHO, and so Ann Ashworth together with Ann Burgess have
written a book "Caring for Severely Malnourished Children". This is based
on the WHO guidelines but written in a manner more user-friendly for
nurses. The book is also on a CD-ROM which includes a comprehensive Guide
for Trainers and colour images from a Teaching Aids At Low Cost [TALC] set
of slides "Treatment of Severely Malnourished Children".

Thanks to support
from the US Agency for International Development and the FANTA Project
managed by the Academy for Education Development, the book which is
published by Macmillan and the CD are low cost and available from the NGO
TALC (,, POB 49 St Albans, AL1 5TX, UK).

David Morley.

Emeritus Professor of Tropical child Health,
University of London

Harpenden, Herts.
AL5 1BN. UK.

Competing interests:  
I am President of the NGO Teaching aids at Low Cost which is distributing this book, but I do not receive any financial gain from the NGO.

Competing interests: No competing interests

28 January 2003
David Morley
Professor of Child Health