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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Gut microbiota in Malawian infants in a nutritional supplementation trial

Cheung, Y. B., Xu, Y., Mangani, C., Fan, Y. M., Dewey, K. G., Salminen, S. J., Maleta, K., Ashorn, P.. "Gut microbiota in Malawian infants in a nutritional supplementation trial." Tropical Medicine & International Health 21 , no. 2 (2015) : 283-90
Study Interventions
  • Animal-source protein
  • Fortified blended foods (FBF)
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Micronutrient products (MNP)
  • Plant-source protein
Research Gaps
  • Innovation
Countries
  • Malawi
Nutritional Problems
  • Stunted
  • MAM

Gut microbiota of healthy and malnourished children in Bangladesh

Monira, S, Nakamura, S, Gotoh, K, Izutsu, K, Watanabe, H, Alam, N H, Endtz, H P, Cravioto, A, Ali, S I, Nakaya, T, Horii, T, Iida, T, Alam, M. "Gut microbiota of healthy and malnourished children in Bangladesh." Front Microbiol 2 (2011) : 228
Countries
  • Bangladesh

High awareness but low coverage of a locally produced fortified complementary food in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire: Findings from a cross-sectional survey

Leyvraz, M., Rohner, F., Konan, A. G., Esso, L. J. C. E., Woodruff, B. A., Norte, A., Adiko, A. F., Bonfoh, B., Aaron, G. J.. "High awareness but low coverage of a locally produced fortified complementary food in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire: Findings from a cross-sectional survey." PLOS ONE 11 , no. 11 (2016) : e0166295
Study Interventions
  • Locally produced
Research Gaps
  • Innovation
  • Use
Countries
  • Cote d'Ivoire
Nutritional Problems
  • Stunted

High oleic ready-to-use therapeutic food maintains docosahexaenoic acid status in severe malnutrition: A randomized, blinded trial

Hsieh, J. C., Liu, L., Zeilani, M., Ickes, S., Trehan, I., Maleta, K., Craig, C., Thakwalakwa, C., Singh, L., Brenna, J. T., Manary, M. J.. "High oleic ready-to-use therapeutic food maintains docosahexaenoic acid status in severe malnutrition: A randomized, blinded trial." Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition 61 , no. 1 (2015) : 138-143
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Plant-source protein
Research Gaps
  • Composition
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Countries
  • Malawi
Nutritional Problems
  • SAM

Home fortification in emergency response and transition programming: Experiences in Aceh and Nias, Indonesia

de Pee, S., Moench-Pfanner, R., Martini, E., Zlotkin, S. H., Darnton-Hill, I., Bloem, M. W.. "Home fortification in emergency response and transition programming: Experiences in Aceh and Nias, Indonesia." Food and Nutrition Bulletin 28 , no. 2 (2007) : 189-197
Study Interventions
  • Micronutrient products (MNP)
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
Countries
  • Indonesia
Nutritional Problems
  • Stunted
  • GAM

Hospital management of severe acute malnutrition in children with F-75 and F-100 alternative local preparations: results and challenges

Nguefack, F., Adjahoung, C. A., Keugoung, B., Kamgaing, N., Dongmo, R.. "Hospital management of severe acute malnutrition in children with F-75 and F-100 alternative local preparations: results and challenges." The Pan African Medical Journal 21 (2015) : 329
Study Interventions
  • Animal-source protein
  • Locally produced
Research Gaps
  • Composition
  • Efficacy
  • Innovation
Countries
  • Cameroon
Nutritional Problems
  • SAM

Identifying the sociocultural barriers and facilitating factors to nutrition-related behavior change formative research for a stunting prevention program in Ntchisi, Malawi

Kodish, S., Aburto, N., Hambayi, M. N., Kennedy, C., Gittelsohn, J.. "Identifying the sociocultural barriers and facilitating factors to nutrition-related behavior change formative research for a stunting prevention program in Ntchisi, Malawi." Food and Nutrition Bulletin 36 , no. 2 (2015) : 138-153
Study Interventions
  • Behavior change communication (BCC)
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
  • Use
Countries
  • Malawi
Nutritional Problems
  • Stunted

Impact evaluation of the DFID Programme to accelerate improved nutrition for the extreme poor in Bangladesh: Final Report

Nisbett, N., Longhurst, R., Barnett, I., Feruglio, F., Gordon, J., Hoddinott, J., Jahan, F., Karachiwalla, N., Roy, S., Shah, V., Siddiki, O. F., Tranchant, J. P., White, J.. "Impact evaluation of the DFID Programme to accelerate improved nutrition for the extreme poor in Bangladesh: Final Report." DFID (2016)
Study Interventions
  • Micronutrient products (MNP)
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
Countries
  • Bangladesh
Nutritional Problems
  • Stunted

Impact of daily versus weekly supply of locally produced ready-to-use food on growth of moderately wasted children on Nias Island, Indonesia

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.. "Impact of daily versus weekly supply of locally produced ready-to-use food on growth of moderately wasted children on Nias Island, Indonesia." ISRN Nutrition 2013 (2013) : 412145
Study Interventions
  • Locally produced
  • Plant-source protein
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovation
  • Use
Countries
  • Indonesia
Nutritional Problems
  • MAM

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

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
Countries
  • India
Nutritional Problems
  • SAM

Impact of fortified biscuits on micronutrient deficiencies among primary school children in Bangladesh

Adams, A. M., Ahmed, R., Mahbub Latif, A. H. M., Rasheed, S., Das, S. K., Hasib, E., Farzana, F. D., Ferdous, F., Ahmed, S., Faruque, A. S. G.. "Impact of fortified biscuits on micronutrient deficiencies among primary school children in Bangladesh." PLoS One (2017)
Study Interventions
  • Other
Research Gaps
  • Acceptability
  • Effectiveness
Countries
  • Bangladesh
Nutritional Problems
  • Stunted
  • GAM

Impact of fortified versus unfortified lipid-based supplements on morbidity and nutritional status: A randomised double-blind placebo-controlled trial in ill Gambian children

Unger, S. A., Drammeh, S., Hasan, J., Ceesay, K., Sinjanka, E., Beyai, S., Sonko, B., Dondeh, B. L., Filford, A. J., Moore, S. E., Prentice, A. M.. "Impact of fortified versus unfortified lipid-based supplements on morbidity and nutritional status: A randomised double-blind placebo-controlled trial in ill Gambian children." PLoS Medicine 14 , no. 8 (2017) : e1002377
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
Research Gaps
  • Composition
  • Effectiveness
Countries
  • Gambia
Nutritional Problems
  • Stunted

Impact of lipid-based nutrient supplementation (LNS) on children's diet adequacy in Western Uganda

Ickes, S. B., Adair, L. S., Brahe, C. A., Thirumurthy, H., Charles, B., Myhre, J. A., Bentley, M. E., Ammerman, A. S.. "Impact of lipid-based nutrient supplementation (LNS) on children's diet adequacy in Western Uganda." Maternal & Child Nutrition 11 , no. S4 (2015) : 163-178
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
  • Locally produced
  • Plant-source protein
Research Gaps
  • Effectiveness
  • Use
Countries
  • Uganda
Nutritional Problems
  • MAM

Impact of lipid-based nutrient supplements and corn-soy blend on energy and nutrient intake among moderately underweight 8-18-month-old children participating in a clinical trial. 

Thakwalakwa, C. M., Ashorn, P., Phuka, J. C., Cheung, Y. B., Briend, A., Maleta, K. M.. "Impact of lipid-based nutrient supplements and corn-soy blend on energy and nutrient intake among moderately underweight 8-18-month-old children participating in a clinical trial. ." Maternal & Child Nutrition 11 , no. S4 (2015) : 144-150
Study Interventions
  • Fortified blended foods (FBF)
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
Research Gaps
  • Efficacy
Countries
  • Malawi
Nutritional Problems
  • Stunted
  • MAM

Impact of small-quantity lipid-based nutrient supplement on hemoglobin, iron status and biomarkers of inflammation in pregnant Ghanaian women

Adu-Afarwuah, S., Lartey, A., Okronipa, H., Ashorn, P., Zeilani, M., Oaks, B. M., Baldiviez, L. M., Vosti, S., Dewey, K. G.. "Impact of small-quantity lipid-based nutrient supplement on hemoglobin, iron status and biomarkers of inflammation in pregnant Ghanaian women." Maternal & Child Nutrition 12 , no. 2 (2017)
Study Interventions
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)
Research Gaps
  • Composition
  • Effectiveness
Countries
  • Ghana
Nutritional Problems
  • Pregnant & Lactating Women