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 26 - 50 of 85 Results
Ningadalli, S. G., Angolkar, M., Herekar, V. R., Hirachand, A. D., Sah, J. K., Madikar, S.. "Impact of facility based dietary management on severe acute malnutrition in children aged 6 to 60 months admitted in nutritional rehabilitation centre of KLES’s Dr. Prabhakar Kore Hospital of Belagavi City - A longitudinal study ." International Journal of Science and Research 4 , no. 5 (2015) : 2133-2137
Study Interventions
  • Not Described
Research Gaps
  • Efficacy
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
Adu-Afarwuah, S., Lartey, A., Okronipa, H., Ashorn, P., Zeilani, M., Peerson, J. M., Arimond, M., Vosti, S., Dewey, K. G.. "Lipid-based nutrient supplement increases the birth size of infants of primiparous women in Ghana ." The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 101 , no. 4 (2015) : 835-46
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Micronutrient powders (MNP)
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
  • Pregnant & Lactating Women
Mridha, M. K., Matias, S. L., Chaparro, C. M., Paul, R. R., Hussain, S., Vosti, S. A., Harding, K. L., Cummins, J. R., Day, L. T., Saha, S. L., Peerson, J. M., Dewey, K. G.. "Lipid-based nutrient supplements for pregnant women reduce newborn stunting in a cluster-randomized controlled effectiveness trial in Bangladesh ." The American of Clinical Nutrition 103 , no. 1 (2016) : 236-49
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Micronutrient powders (MNP)
Research Gaps
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
  • Pregnant & Lactating Women
Singh, A. S., Kang, G., Ramachandran, A., Sarkar, R., Peter, P., Bose, A.. "Locally made ready to use therapeutic food for treatment of malnutrition a randomized controlled trial ." Indian Pediatrics 47 , no. 8 (2010)
Study Interventions
  • Animal-source protein
  • Fortified blended foods (FBF)
  • Locally produced
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • MAM
Scherbaum, V., Purwestri, R. C., Stuetz, W., Inayati, D. A., Suryantan, J., Bloem, M. A., Biesalski, H. K.. "Locally produced cereal/nut/legume-based biscuits versus peanut/milk-based spread for treatment of moderately to mildly wasted children in daily programmes on Nias Island, Indonesia: an issue of acceptance and compliance? ." Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 24 , no. 1 (2015) : 152
Study Interventions
  • Animal-source protein
  • Behavior change communication (BCC)
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Plant-source protein
  • Other
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
  • Composition
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • MAM
Huynh, D. T., Estorninos, E., Capeding, R. Z., Oliver, J. S., Low, Y. L., Rosales, F. J.. "Longitudinal growth and health outcomes in nutritionally at-risk children who received long-term nutritional intervention ." Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics 28 , no. 6 (2015) : 623-35
Study Interventions
  • Micronutrient powders (MNP)
Research Gaps
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
Ray, S.. "Micronutrient supplementation, dietary intervention and resulting body weight gain of severe acute malnourished children–a pilot project study of OJUS Medical Institute ." Indian Journal of Community Health 26 , no. 6 (2014) : 160-165
Study Interventions
  • Locally produced
  • Micronutrient powders (MNP)
Research Gaps
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
Simpore, J., Kabore, F., Zongo, F., Dansou, D., Bere, A., Pignatelli, S., Biondi, D. M., Ruberto, G., Musumeci, S.. "Nutrition rehabilitation of undernourished children utilizing Spiruline and Misola ." Nutrition Journal 5 , no. 3 (2006)
Study Interventions
  • Locally produced
  • Other
Research Gaps
  • Composition
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
Caparros Megido, R., Alabi, T., Nieus, C., Blecker, C., Danthine, ., Bogaert, J., Haubruge, E., Francis, F.. "Optimisation of a cheap and residential small‐scale production of edible crickets with local by‐products as an alternative protein‐rich human food source in Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia ." Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 96 , no. 2 (2015) : 627-632
Study Interventions
  • Animal-source protein
  • Locally produced
Research Gaps
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
Shamim, A. A., Hanif, Abu A. M., Merrill, R. D., Campbell, R. K., Kumkum, M. A., Shaikh, S., de Pee, S., Ahmed, T., Parveen, M., Mehra, S., Klemm, R. D. W., Labrique, A. B., West, K. P., Christian, P.. "Preferred delivery method and acceptability of Wheat-Soy Blend (WSB++) as a daily complementary food supplement in northwest Bangladesh ." Ecology of Food and Nutrition 54 , no. 1 (2015) : 74-92
Study Interventions
  • Animal-source protein
  • Fortified blended foods (FBF)
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
  • Innovation
  • Use
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
Kerac, M., Seal, A.. "Preventing acute malnutrition in young children: Improving the evidence for current and future practice ." PLoS Medicine 11 , no. 9 (2014) : e1001715
Study Interventions
  • Animal-source protein
  • Cash transfer
  • Fortified blended foods (FBF)
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Plant-source protein
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
  • MAM
Kerac, M., Bunn, J., Seal, A., Thindwa, M., Tomkins, A., Sadler, K., Bahwere, P., Collins, S.. "Probiotics and prebiotics for severe acute malnutrition (PRONUT study): a double-blind efficacy randomised controlled trial in Malawi ." The Lancet 374 , no. 9684 (2009) : 136-144
Study Interventions
  • Animal-source protein
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Other
Research Gaps
  • Composition
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
Bisimwa, G., Owino, V. O., Bahwere, P., Dramaix, M., Donnen, P., Dibari, F., Collins, S.. "Randomized controlled trial of the effectiveness of a soybean-maize-sorghum-based ready-to-use complementary food paste on infant growth in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo ." American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 95 , no. 5 (2012) : 1157-1164
Study Interventions
  • Fortified blended foods (FBF)
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • GAM
  • Stunted
Jones, K. D., Ali, R., Khasira, M. A., Odera, D., West, A. L., Koster, G., Akomo, P., Talbert, A. W., Goss, V. M., Ngari, M., Thitiri, J., Ndoro, S., Knight, M. A. G., Omollo, K., Ndungu, A., Mulongo, M. M., Bahwere, P., Fegan, G., Warner, J. O., Postle, A. D., Collins, S., Calder, P. C., Berkley, J. A.. "Ready-to-use therapeutic food with elevated n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid content, with or without fish oil, to treat severe acute malnutrition: a randomized controlled trial ." BMC Medicine 13 , no. 1 (2015) : 93
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Other
Research Gaps
  • Composition
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
Isanaka, S., Langendorf, C., Berthé, F., Gnegne, S., Li, N., Ousmane, N., Harouna, S., Hassane, H., Schaefer, M., Adehossi, E., Grais, R. F.. "Routine amoxicillin for uncomplicated severe acute malnutrition in children ." The New England Journal of Medicine 374 (2016) : 444-453
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Other
Research Gaps
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
Toe, L. C., Bouckaert, K. P., De Beuf, K., Roberfroid, D., Meda, N., Thas, O., Van Camp, J,, Kolsteren, P. W., Huybregts, L. F.. "Seasonality modifies the effect of a lipid-based nutrient supplement for pregnant rural women on birth length ." The Journal of Nutrition 145 , no. 3 (2015) : 634-639
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Micronutrient powders (MNP)
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
  • Pregnant & Lactating Women
Adu-Afarwuah, S., Lartey, A., Okronipa, H., Ashorn, P., Peerson, J. M., Arimond, M., Ashorn, U., Zeilani, M., Vosti, S., Dewey, K. G.. "Small-quantity, lipid-based nutrient supplements provided to women during pregnancy and 6 mo postpartum and to their infants from 6 mo of age increase the mean attained length of 18-mo-old children in semi-urban Ghana: a randomized controlled trial ." The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 104 , no. 3 (2016) : 797-808
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Micronutrient powders (MNP)
Research Gaps
  • Composition
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
  • GAM
Leroy, J., Olney, D., Ruel, M.. "Strengthening and evaluating the Preventing Malnutrition in Children under 2 Years of Age approach – Burundi Follow-up Report: Children 0–23 Months ." FANTA III (2009)
Study Interventions
  • Behavior change communication (BCC)
  • Fortified blended foods (FBF)
Research Gaps
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
Pandya, V. P., Joshi, I. V., Sheth, A. M., Kadri, A. M.. "Studying the effectiveness of mixed models of community based and institutional based interventions for management of severe acute malnourished children ." International Journal of Research in Medical Sciences 3 , no. 7 (2015) : 1758-1764
Study Interventions
  • Fortified blended foods (FBF)
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Micronutrient powders (MNP)
  • Other
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • SAM
Purwestri, R. C., Scherbaum, V., Inayati, D. A., Wirawan, N. N., Suryantan, J., Bloem, M. A., Pangaribuan, R. V., Stuetz, W., Hoffmann, V., Qaim, M., Biesalski, H. K., Bellows, A. C.. "Supplementary feeding with locally-produced ready-to-use food (RUF) for mildly wasted children on Nias island, Indonesia: Comparison of daily and weekly program outcomes ." Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 21 , no. 3 (2012) : 374
Study Interventions
  • Locally produced
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • MAM
Ashorn, P., Alho, L., Ashorn, U., Cheung, Y. B., Dewey, K. G., Gondwe, A., Harjunmaa, U., Lartey, A., Phiri, N., Phiri, T. E., Vosti, S. A., Zeilani, M., Maleta, K.. "Supplementation of maternal diets during pregnancy and for 6 months postpartum and infant diets thereafter with small-quantity lipid-based nutrient supplements does not promote child growth by 18 months of age in rural Malawi: A randomized controlled trial ." The Journal of Nutrition 145 , no. 6 (2015) : 1345-53
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Micronutrient powders (MNP)
Research Gaps
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
  • Pregnant & Lactating Women
Huybregts, L., Houngbé, F., Salpéteur, C., Brown, R., Roberfroid, D., Ait-Aissa, M., Kolsteren, P.. "The effect of adding ready-to-use supplementary food to a general food distribution on child nutritional status and morbidity: a cluster-randomized controlled trial ." PLoS Medicine 9 , no. 9 (2012) : e1001313
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
  • GAM
Ashorn, P., Alho, L., Ashorn, U., Cheung, Y. B., Dewey, K. G., Harjunmaa, U., Lartey, A., Nkhoma, M., Phiri, N., Phuka, J., Vosti, S. A., Zeilani, M., Maleta, K.. "The impact of lipid-based nutrient supplement provision to pregnant women on newborn size in rural Malawi: a randomized controlled trial ." The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 101 , no. 2 (2015) : 387-97
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Micronutrient powders (MNP)
Research Gaps
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • Stunted
  • Pregnant & Lactating Women
Tonguet-Papucci, A., Huybregts, L., Aissa, M. A.. "The MAM'Out project: a randomized controlled trial to assess multiannual and seasonal cash transfers for the prevention of acute malnutrition in children ." BMC Public Health (2015)
Study Interventions
  • Cash transfer
Research Gaps
  • Cost
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • MAM
Jayson, L., Passarelli, S., Suri, D., Maganga, G., Marcus, S., Webb, P., Rogers, B.. "The price of oil: Behavior change communication and increased oil ration improve mothers' uses of vegetable oil in preparing food aid rations for children in Malawi ." The FASEB Journal 29 , no. 1 Supplement 898.21 (2015)
Study Interventions
  • Behavior change communication (BCC)
  • Fortified blended foods (FBF)
  • Other
Research Gaps
  • Innovation
  • Use
Nutritional Problems being Studied
  • MAM