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.


Over half of the world’s children suffer from poor nutrition, and as a consequence they experience delays in physical and mental health and development. Previous attempts to reduce the prevalence of malnutrition in contexts of extreme poverty have not shown big effects. There is little evidence that compares the delivery of lipid-based, nutrition supplementation on growth and development during pregnancy and early childhood; furthermore, there is limited evidence on effects of scaled-up, home-visiting programs that focus on the promotion of physical, cognitive and social development.

The nutritional situation of children in Pakistan is one of the worst in the world with few improvements seen during the past decade. Wasting (thinness) is particularly high in Sindh Province, especially during the summer lean period. Sindh is also prone to natural disasters, especially flooding, and mitigation strategies are necessary to deal with the increased risk of wasting in children.

Concern Worldwide (also see http://www.actionagainsthunger.org/) has been implementing unconditional cash transfers (UCT) as part of their humanitarian intervention during the lean season for some years. The aim of this study is to assess the impact of two different UCT interventions on child undernutrition.

Insufficient food intake during pregnancy is a major problem in many developing countries. Bangladesh has among the highest rates of maternal and child undernutrition globally. In the rural areas of Bangladesh, poverty is three times higher than in urban areas, women are less likely to access antenatal and postnatal services, and children suffer from higher rates of chronic malnutrition. In Bangladesh, one in five children are born with a low birth weight and one in three pregnant women are undernourished. Maternal undernutrition increases the risk of poor foetal growth.

The primary objective of the study is to assess the effect of 6-12 months treatment with nutritional supplementation standardized formula, in short and lean boys adolescents on weight Standard Deviation Score (SDS) and height SDS The secondary objectives of the study are to assess the effect of 6-12 months treatment with nutritional supplementation standardized formula, in short and lean boys adolescents on BMI SDS, growth velocity, time to puberty, quality of life and self-esteem.

The primary objective of the study is to assess the effect of 6-12 months treatment with nutritional supplementation standardized formula, in short and lean female adolescents on weight Standard Deviation Score (SDS) and height SDS The Secondary Objectives of the study are to assess the effect of 6-12 months treatment with nutritional supplementation standardized formula, in short and lean female adolescents on BMI SDS, growth velocity, time to puberty, quality of life and self-esteem The study will continue for 6 months of intervention versus active placebo, with additional optional 6 mont

In the last two decades, cash transfer (CT) programs have emerged as a popular approach to long-term poverty alleviation. While the main goal of cash transfer programs is to reduce poverty, they also have the potential to improve many development outcomes, such as health and education.

A nutrition trial which is based on the evidence that multivitamins & micro nutrients provided during pregnancy in malnourished women will improve neonatal birth weight. There will be two arms. Arm one will provide energy dense biscuits to pregnant women with BMI <20 & gestational age less than 14 weeks. The other arm with same criteria will be provided with wheat flour, oil, iron & folic acid. Neonatal birth weight is the primary outcome of interest but maternal weight gain, maternal hemoglobin & ferritin levels and palatability of biscuits will also be assessed.

Young children in Ethiopia lack sufficient protein and micronutrients for growth and development. The overall purpose is to assess the effects of promoting egg and eggshell powder consumption on improving the nutritional status of children 6 to 15 months in Halaba Special Woreda, Southern Ethiopia. The hypothesis is that providing chickens to produce eggs (egg and eggshell) for young children will improve growth in otherwise malnourished young children. Upon providing chickens, the nutritional status of young children prior and after the intervention (by 6 months) will be assessed.

The overall objective is to determine the impact of EED on total daily zinc absorption of young Bangladeshi children (18-24 months of age) in an austere setting with high rates of diarrhea, stunting, and micro-nutrient deficiencies.