Malnutrition is the number one killer of children whenever there is a humanitarian crisis. Experts say half of the deaths of children under five during such times has to do with malnutrition. Sometimes it is not easy to determine which child is suffering from malnutrition.
One quick way to check is the size of a child’s upper arm, which has been proven by experts to be a very reliable determinant.
The Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) tape helps to determine the size that is acceptable by way of colors. When the tape shows red, then the child should be referred for urgent medical treatment.