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Community Therapeutic Care is a new approach to dealing with acute malnutrition. Community-based Therapeutic Care (CTC) was developed to improve the coverage and impact of selective feeding programs for the treatment of acute malnutrition. Its central innovation is to provide therapeutic feeding in the home. Before the development of CTC, the traditional way of treating malnutrition was through therapeutic feeding centres: large centres where patients are admitted for an average of 30 days. Carers of malnourished children often have to travel long distances to access these centres, many having to leave the rest of their children at home for three weeks or longer. Until recently, therapeutic feeding centres, that require long inpatient stays, have been the only accepted mode of treatment for severe acute malnutrition. CTC programmes treat the majority of these cases at home and aim to restrict inpatient care to only those suffering from acute malnutrition with medical complications....
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