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Non-Recovery Rate

Indicator Phrasing

% of children discharged as medical referrals and as non-response
See indicator in other languages

Indicator Phrasing

English: % of children discharged as medical referrals and as non-response

French: % d'enfants déchargés comme référés à un centre médical et comme non-réponse

Portuguese: % de crianças com alta devido a encaminhamento médico ou não-resposta

Czech: % dětí propuštěných kvůli přeložení do jiné zdravotní péče a kvůli pohřešování

What is its purpose?

Non-recovery rate is one of the four core performance indicators of the malnutrition treatment programs. It is a combination of two indicators: medical referral rate and non-response rate.

How to Collect and Analyse the Required Data

Determine the indicator's value by using the following methodology:


1) Count the number of a) children who have been referred outside the nutrition program for medical care and could not continue nutritional treatment (medical referrals) plus b) the number of children who have not reached discharge criteria after a pre-defined length of time despite all investigations and transfer options (non-response cases).


2) Divide the number by the total number of discharged children. Multiply the result by 100 to convert it to a percentage. 


3) The resulting number is the non-recovery rate (in percentages).

Disaggregate by

Disaggregate the data by gender and age groups.

Important Comments

1) The indicator does not require a separate survey – all data can be gained from the treatment program’s regular records.


2) The four core performance indicators of a malnutrition treatment program (esp. the Community Management of Acute Malnutrition, CMAM) are recovery ratedeath ratedefault rate and non-recovery rate.

This guidance was prepared by People in Need ©

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