MUAC Insertion Tape (see also: MUAC)
Looking for: A MUAC Insertion Tape Petra Osinski 19.09.2000
Re: Looking for: A MUAC Insertion Tape Thomas K. Porter 19.09.2000
Looking for: A MUAC Insertion Tape -Reply Rita Bhatia 19.09.2000
MUAC David Morley 20.09.2000
Re: MUAC Rafah Aziz 22.09.2000

Date Tue, 19 Sep 2000 153759 +0600

From "Petra Osinski DrPH, Dhaka, Bangladesh" <>

Subject: Looking for A MUAC Insertion Tape


Dear all,

We are in the plannig phases of a baseline survey that will include MUAC measurements, together with lengths and weights of children.

Is there, besides the TALC insertion tape, any other insertion tape that we could use to obtain MUAC?

The TALC insertion tape is, as you know, scaled in 2-mm intervals and is not that easy to read as one must choose a value from three "bands" of values.

Regards and thanks

Petra Osinski DrPH, Consultant Scientist
Clinical Sciences Division, ICDDR,B
GPO Box 128, Dhaka-1000.
Room 8, 2nd floor, Director's Wing, Hospital Building. Off. tel. 011-806042 or 881 1751-60 x 2338

From "Thomas K. Porter" <>

Subject: RE Looking for A MUAC Insertion Tape

Date Tue, 19 Sep 2000 154750 +0100


Dr Osinski

I ran a very large study on refugee and non-refugee schoolchildren in north-west Tanzania and MUAC was one of the tests in the battery. The 'Lasso' MUAC tapes (produced by the Child Growth Foundation, 2 Mayfield Ave., London and purchased through CMS Weighing Equipment, London) were chosen over the Talc (St Albans) and the tapes produced by UNICEF because of their greater ease of use and their greater length. They were easy to read to 1 mm and were almost indestructable. Highly recommended.


Ken Porter
Institute of Biological Anthropology, University of Oxford

Date Tue, 19 Sep 2000 144453 +0200

From Rita Bhatia <>

Subject Looking for A MUAC Insertion Tape -Reply


MSF and ICRC has developed MUAC insertion tapes which are user friendly with color codes and numers..

Date Wed, 20 Sep 2000 122213 +0100

From David Morley <>

Subject Ngonut MUAC


Dear Dr Petra Osinki.

Talc has a new long tape. Which has been tested against a 'gold standard' if used for MUAC it needs to be cut short, it gives a figure to the nearest milimetre. I will arrange for a sample to be mailed to you.

The Child Growth foundation also produce one and I will ask them to send you a sample and price.

David Morley

David Morley, Emeritus Professor of Tropical Child Health, University of London.
Tel & Fax. 44 (0) 1582 712199.
Preferred Address; 51 Eastmoor Park, Harpenden, AL5 1BN. UK.

Date Fri, 22 Sep 2000 173326 -0700

From (Rafah Aziz)

Subject Re MUAC


Dear Prof. Morley,

Would it be possible to send a sample to UNICEF Khartoum/ Sudan, as well, we do support several NGOs in conducting Nutritional Status Surveys among IDP camps it would be useful to try the tape.



Rafah S. Aziz, Chief Health & Nutrition Section
Khartoum - Sudan
P.O. Box 1358
Fax (249 11) 471126 Tel. (249 11) 471835 - 37- 38 Mobile 012309412