Published Studies

This page includes publications from individual clinical trials testing food aid products, and reports and evaluations from programs using food aid products. These resources are tagged according to country, nutritional problem studied, intervention used, study type, year, and author. 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.

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Displaying 101 - 125 of 158 Results
Zhang, Y., Wu, Q., Wang, W., van Velthoven, M. H., Chang, Z., Han, H., Xing, M., Chen, L., Scherpbier, R. W.. "Effectiveness of complementary food supplements and dietary counselling on anaemia and stunting in children aged 6–23 months in poor areas of Qinghai Province, China: a controlled interventional study ." BMJ Open 6 , no. e011234 (2016)
Study Interventions
  • Behavior change communication (BCC)
  • Micronutrient powders (MNP)
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
Dewey, K. G., Mridha, M. K., Matias, S. L., Arnold, C. D., Cummins, J. R., Khan, M. S. A., Maalouf-Manasseh, Z., Siddiqui, Z., Ullah, B. "Lipid-based nutrient supplementation in the first 1000 d improves child growth in Bangladesh: a cluster-randomized effectiveness trial ." The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2017)
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Micronutrient powders (MNP)
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
  • Pregnant & Lactating Women
Bhandari, N., Mohan, S. B., Bose, A., Iyengar, S. D., Taneja, S., Mazumder, S., Pricilla, R. A., Iyengar, K., Sachdev, H. S., Mohan, V. R., Suhalka, V., Yoshida, S., Martines, J., Bahl, R.. "Efficacy of three feeding regimens for home-based management of children with uncomplicated severe acute malnutrition: a randomised trial in India ." BMJ Global Health 1 , no. e000144 (2016)
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Locally produced
  • Other
  • Plant-source protein
Research Gaps
  • Composition
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
Fenn, B.. "A cluster RCT to measure the effectiveness and of cash-based interventions on nutrition status, Sindh Province, Pakistan ." ENN Field Exchange 42 (2017) : 61
Study Interventions
  • Cash transfer
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
  • MAM
Fatima, S., Malkova, D., Wright, C., Gerasimidis, K.. "Impact of therapeutic food compared to oral nutritional supplements on nutritional outcomes in mildly underweight healthy children in a low-medium income society ." Clinical Nutrition (2017)
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
Research Gaps
  • Composition
  • Effectiveness
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • MAM
Jadhav, A., Dias, B., Shah, N., Fernandes, L., Fernandes, S., Surve, A., Dhami-Shah, H., Murty, S., Joshi, N., Manglani, M.. "A randomized controlled facility based trial to assess the impact of indigenously prepared ready to use therapeutic food (RUTF) for children with severe acute malnutrition in India ." Pediatric Oncall Journal 13 , no. 4 (2016)
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
Magnin, M., Stoll, B., Voahangy, R., Jeannot, E.. "Most children who took part in a comprehensive malnutrition programme in Madagascar reached and maintained the recovery threshold ." Acta Paediatrica 106 , no. 6 (2017) : 960-966
Study Interventions
  • Fortified blended foods (FBF)
  • Locally produced
  • Other
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • MAM
Versloot, C. J., Voskuijl, W., van Vliet, S. J., van den Heuvel, M., Carter, J. C., Phiri, A., Kerac, M., Heikens, G. T., van Rheenen, P. F., Bandsma, R. H. J.. " Effectiveness of three commonly used transition phase diets in the inpatient management of children with severe acute malnutrition: a pilot randomized controlled trial in Malawi ." BMC Pediatrics 17 , no. 112 (2017)
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
Olney, D. K., Bliznashka, L., Becquey, E., Birba, O., Ruel, M.. "Adding a water, sanitation and hygiene intervention and a lipid-based nutrient supplement to an integrated agriculture and nutrition program improved the nutritional status of young Burkinabé children ." The FASEB Journal 31 , no. 1 (2017) : Supplement 455.1
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH)
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
Style, S., Tondeur, M., Grijalva-Eternod, C., Pringle, J., Kassim, I., Wilkinson, C., Oman, A., Dolan, C., Spiegel, P., Seal, A.. "Assessment of the effectiveness of a small quantity lipid-based nutrient supplement on reducing anaemia and stunting in refugee populations in the Horn of Africa: Secondary data analysis ." PLoS One 12 , no. 6 (2017)
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
Locks, L. M., Reerink, I., Tucker Brown, A., Gnegne, S., Ramalanjaona, N., Nanama, S., Duggan, C. P., Garg, A.. "The impact of integrated infant and young child feeding and micronutrient powder intervention on feeding practices and anemia in children aged 6-23 months in Madagascar ." Nutrients 9 , no. 6 (2017)
Study Interventions
  • Behavior change communication (BCC)
  • Micronutrient powders (MNP)
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
Stobaugh, H. C., Bollinger, L. B., Adams, S. E., Crocker, A. H., Grise, J. B., Kennedy, J. A., Thakwalakwa, C., Maleta, K. M., Dietzen, D. J., Manary, M. J., Trehan, I.. "Effect of a package of health and nutrition services on sustained recovery in children after moderate acute malnutrition and factors related to sustaining recovery: a cluster-randomized trial ." American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2017)
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • MAM
Grellety, E., Babakazo, P., Bangana, A., Mwamba, G., Lezama, I., Zagre, N. M., Ategbo, E-A.. " Effects of unconditional cash transfers on the outcome of treatment for severe acute malnutrition (SAM): a cluster-randomised trial in the Democratic Republic of the Congo   ." BMC Medicine 15 , no. 87 (2017)
Study Interventions
  • Cash transfer
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
Thapa, B. R., Goyal, P., Menon, J., Sharma, A.. "Acceptability and efficacy of locally produced ready-to-use therapeutic food nutreal in the management of severe acute malnutrition in comparison with defined food: A randomized control trial ." Food and Nutrition Bulletin 38 , no. 1 (2017) : 18-26
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Locally produced
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
Martorell, R.. "Improved nutrition in the first 1000 days and adult human capital and health ." American Journal of Human Biology 29 , no. 2 (2017)
Study Interventions
  • Locally produced
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
Zhang, Y., Wu, Q., Wang, W., Velthoven, M. H., Chang, H., Han, H., Xing, M., Chen, L., Scherpbier, R. W.. "Effectiveness of complementary food supplements and dietary counselling on anaemia and stunting in children aged 6–23 months in poor areas of Qinghai Province, China: a controlled interventional study ." BMJ Open 6 , no. 10 (2016)
Study Interventions
  • Locally produced
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
Rytter, M. J., Babirekere-Iriso, E., Namusoke, H., Christensen, V. B., Michaelsen, K. F., Ritz, C., Mortensen, C. G., Mupere, E., Friis, H.. "Risk factors for death in children during inpatient treatment of severe acute malnutrition: a prospective cohort study ." The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 105 , no. 2 (2017) : 494-502
Study Interventions
  • Other
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
Ashorn, P., Poelman, B., Dewey, K. G., Maleta, K., Klein, N., Rogerson, S., Meshnick, S. R., The LNS-RTI Study Team. "The impact of dietary supplementation with lipid-based nutrient supplements on maternal health and pregnancy outcomes in rural Malawi ." (2017)
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
  • Pregnant & Lactating Women
Daly, Z., Northrup-Lyons, M., Reid, R., Cheung, M., Hutchinson, D.. "Effectiveness study for the development of a home fortification programme for young children in Zambia - endline report ." (2017)
Study Interventions
  • Behavior change communication (BCC)
  • Micronutrient powders (MNP)
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
Mehta, R., Platt, A. C., Sun, X., Desai, M., Clements, D., Turner, E. L.. "Efficacy of iron-supplement bars to reduce anemia in urban Indian women: a cluster-randomized controlled trial ." The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2017)
Study Interventions
  • Locally produced
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
Manary, M., Callaghan, M., Wegner, D., Papathakis, P.. "Randomized controlled trial of the impact of treating moderately malnourished women in pregnancy ." (2017)
Study Interventions
  • Fortified blended foods (FBF)
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
  • Pregnant & Lactating Women
  • MAM
Iannotti, L., Dulience, S. J., Joseph, S., Cooley, C., Tufte, T., Cox, K., Eaton, J., Delnatus, J. R., Wolff, P. B.. "Fortified snack reduced anemia in rural school-aged children of Haiti: a cluster-randomized, controlled trial ." Plos One 11 , no. 12 (2016)
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
Cardoso, M. A., Augusto, R. A., Bortolini, G. A., Oliveira, C. S. M., Tietzman, D. C., Sequeira, L. A. S., Hadler, M C., Peixoto, M. R. G. , Muniz, P. T., Vitolo, M. R., Lira, P. I. C., Jamie, P. C., ENFAC Working Group. "Effect of providing multiple micronutrients in powder through primary healthcare on anemia in young Brazilian children: a multicentre pragmatic controlled trial ." PLoS One 11 , no. 5 (2016) : e0156194
Study Interventions
  • Micronutrient powders (MNP)
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
Suchdev, P. S., Addo, O. Y., Martorell, R., Grant, F. K. E., Ruth, L. J., Patel, M. K., Juliao, P. C., Quick, R., Flores-Ayala, R.. "Effects of community-based sales of micronutrient powders on morbidity episodes in preschool children in Western Kenya ." American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 103 , no. 3 (2016) : 934-941
Study Interventions
  • Micronutrient powders (MNP)
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
Bahwere, P., Akomo, P., Mwale, M., Murakami, H., Banda, C., Kathumba, S., Banda, C., Jere, S., Sadler, K., Collins, S.. "Soya, maize, and sorghum-based ready-to-use therapeutic food with amino acid is as efficacious as the standard milk and peanut paste-based formulation for the treatment of severe acute malnutrition in children: A noninferiority individually randomized controlled efficacy clinical trial in Malawi. ." American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2017)
Study Interventions
  • Animal-source protein
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Plant-source protein
Research Gaps
  • Composition
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM