Middle Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) Band

Produced as part of Food Rights Now – a European-wide hunger and food rights awareness campaign engaging young people in learning about food, nutrition and ending world hunger. This primary school teachers pack features the Middle Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) arm band, a tool used by health workers in international development NGOs in responding to extreme cases of hunger and famine:

“In an emergency situation, it is important to assess the situation quickly and accurately so that those in most need are assisted. The MUAC band is designed to facilitate a rapid evaluation of a child’s level of malnutrition. It is a small paper band that is wrapped around a child’s arms and when closed it has a colour-coded indicator that shows if a child is healthy (green), slight malnourished (orange) or severely undernourished (red). By using the MUAC band, along with an assessment of their general appearance, those responding in an emergency situation can prioritize the children most at risk, saving many lives.”

This resource illustrates how development co-operation and development education
are inextricably linked.

Produced by: Concern Worldwide and 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World

Year: 2013

Courtesy of Michael Doorly