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Child malnutrition is a major global public health problem affecting millions worldwide. There is an urgent need to optimize treatment programme efficacy.
- Ensuring children thrive as well as survive: Current programmes focus on averting malnutrition-associated death. However, they do not account for increasing evidence that survivors are at risk of long-term health problems from non-communicable disease (NCD) e.g. heart disease/diabetes/obesity.
- Meaningful outcome measurement: Current programmes consider a return to normal weight as a key marker of success. However, what really matters is health and measuring this (including NCD risk) is difficult.
- Question assumptions around rapid post-malnutrition weight gain (PMWG): Current programmes often encourage rapid weight gain following malnutrition. However, high-income country (HIC) data show that too rapid a weight gain in small infants can cause harm by increasing future NCD risk. Whether this trade-off between too slow vs too fast weight recovery also applies in low-and middle-income countries (LMIC) is unknown.
Aiming to find solutions to these problems, CHANGE is a multi-country, multi-partner project following adult and child cohorts in Malawi, Jamaica and Ethiopia. Initial results will be shared and implications for malnutrition treatment programmes worldwide will be discussed.
- London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM):
- MEIRU Malawi
- Jimma University, Ethiopia
- University of West Indies, Jamaica
- Cambridge University, UK
- Southampton University, UK
- Marko Kerac (LSHTM)
- Natasha Lelijveld (LSHTM)
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