The MUAC tape (Mid-Upper Arm Circumference) is a durable, sterilizable bracelet that is wrapped around a child’s arm to determine malnourishment severity and appropriate treatment plan.
UNICEF recommends RUTF (ready to use therapeutic foods) for children with a mid arm circumference of 11.5 cm or below (indicating severe acute malnutrition). Mid-upper arm circumference has been researched extensively and is found to be an accurate indicator of level of malnutrition in children ages 6 to 60 months. This tri-color single slotted measuring tape is wrapped around the upper arm and threaded through the slot to determine the circumference of the child’s upper arm. Red signifies severe malnourishment. (0 – 26 cm X 0.1 cm)
The MUAC tape is sturdy, and wipeable to sterilize, made of bendable polyethylene. The Mid-upper arm circumference tape has been updated according to UNICEF standards which put severe malnutrition at 11.5 cm and moderate malnutrition at 11.5 to 12.5 cm (less than 115 mm). According to UNICEF guidelines, children with a mid arm circumference of less than 11.5 cm has a higher risk of death.
MUAC, Child 11.5 Red
Version for Pregnant women/Adolescents
This tri-color single slotted measuring MUAC tape is wrapped around the upper arm and threaded through the slot to determine the circumference of the pregnant women’s upper arm. The mid upper arm circumference has been shown to correlate well with Body Mass Index (BMI). Mid upper arm circumference does not change much over the course of a pregnancy.