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Welcome to the MUAC Community Website! This is a free and open site for the dissemination and discussion of issues related to the use of mid-upper-arm circumference (MUAC) including, but not restricted to, case-definitions, surveys, and patient monitoring.

Have you tried EN-NET?

EN-NET is a free and open resource to help field practitioners of nutrition programs have access to prompt technical advice for operational challenges for which answers are not readily accessible.

A source for MUAC straps

Health Books International (HBI), formerly Teaching-Aids-at-Low-Cost (TALC), have a range of insertion tapes and MUAC accessories for sale ...

MSF's new "universal" MUAC tape

MSF have produced the first run (10,000) of the universal MUAC tape. The double-sided design is attached.

New MUAC tape design from MSF and HelpAge International

MSF and HelpAge International are developing a new MUAC tape.


I'm trying to calculate the PABAK for one matrix, but the results found in R are different from those found in WINPEPI. I also used one MACRO in SPSS for this and the results is the same find in the R and different of the WINPEPI. For example:

                 (1)      (2)       (3)      Total
    (1)          236        7         2        245

MUAC cut off

Can you please tell me what is the technique to develop cut off points for MUAC?

Visible severe wasting, MUAC, and W/H in clinical settings

Here is an article investigating the performance of visible severe wasting, MUAC, W/H in clinical settings.

Shakir Strip From HelpAge International

The attached (low quality) photograph shows a MUAC strap of the "Shakir Strip" design developed by HelpAge International. The strap is 60 cm long, has a 1 mm graticule, and four colour bands (red = 0 to 22 cm, yellow = 22 to 23 cm, blue = 23 - 24 cm, and green = 24 - 55 cm). The tab reads "MUAC TAPE FOR OLDER PEOPLE IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA - Available from HelpAge International".

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