Ongoing Trials

This page contains ongoing trials listed on one of five clinical trial registries searched by REFINE. These resources are tagged and searchable according to nutritional problem, study interventions, country, study type, and research gaps. If relevant to more than one category, the document appears in both categories. New resources are added regularly according to search criteria and standards developed by REFINE.


The purpose of this study is to measure the independent and combined effects of interventions that improve water quality, sanitation, hand washing, and nutrition on child growth and development in the first years of life.

This research will serve as a follow-up on the review of Title II commodities performed by the Food Aid Quality Review at Tufts University in October 2011. The study in Burkina Faso will test the relative effectiveness and cost effectiveness of four supplementary foods in the prevention of MAM and stunting in normal programmatic settings.

The aims of this study are to:

Children with complicated severe acute malnutrition (SAM), such as inability to take adequate feeds, infection and diarrhoea, require in-patient management. Despite following a well-established World Health Organisation (WHO) protocol, outcomes are poor. Case fatality often exceeds 20%. Amongst survivors discharged home, many subsequently die, have long-term poor growth or recurrence of SAM.

The SNACK program is piloted by the World Food Program (WFP) in three districts of the Kayes region in Mali. The goal is to improve nutrition of mothers and children through a package of activities in nutrition and health delivered through community workers and community health centers (CSCOM). WFP is planning to carry out a new component within the SNACK project (Cash for Nutrition Awareness - CNA) from January 2014 in the same area.

The overall objective of the research is to assess the long-term and cost-effectiveness of a combined nutrition psychosocial intervention to a stand-alone nutritional treatment of children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) aged 6 to 24 months in the Saptari District of Nepal. In Nepal, the majority of SAM children are treated with therapeutic food in community/home-based care, and little is known about the long-term sustainability of the nutritional and health benefits of treatment after rehabilitation.

The study will evaluate the impact of a supplementary food (cookies) in preventing the risk of developing moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) in preschool mildly malnourished children. Children will be divided in two groups; one will received the cookie plus 12 educative sessions and the other just the educative program. The study will last 12 months.

Children with moderate acute malnutrition will be recruited in order to receive an intervention which consists in the consumption of a single serving of SF-cookies daily, 7-days a week for 12 months and 12 educational sessions on health and nutrition.

To determine if 12 months of legume-based complementary foods is effective in reducing or reversing EED and linear growth faltering in a cohort of Malawian children, aged 12-35 months to see if these improvements are correlated with specific changes in the enteric microbiome. 

Children who recover from moderate acute malnutrition in Malawi remain at high risk for relapse or death in the year following recovery. This cluster-randomized trial will evaluate a package of affordable, safe, proven interventions specifically targeted to this population of children in an attempt to decrease their risk of relapse or death following recovery from moderate acute malnutrition. These children will be followed for a year following recovery to assess rates of relapse and mortality.

New approaches are needed to prevent growth failure in children from low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). To date, nutrition intervention studies have focused on micronutrient and energy content of complementary foods and have yielded only small to moderate effects on growth and development. There appears to be a missing link that mediates and reduces the expected beneficial effect.