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.


  • This operational research study with mix-methods design aims to evaluate the stunting prevention programme and process evaluations for stronger evidence base on the effectiveness of proposed interventions on prevention of stunting and developing viable programmes on nutrition under "real" operational conditions.

Malnutrition among women of reproductive age is a significant public health problem in Bangladesh, with major implications for a woman's own health and that of her newborn child. The principal drivers for maternal malnutrition in Bangladesh are poor-quality diets, care seeking practices and access to health care. An ideal contact point for pregnant women are antenatal care visits (ANC). However, the provision of maternal nutrition services through government systems is inadequate with just 29% of pregnant women attending all 4 ANC visits and 18% of women consuming at least 100 IFA tablets.

Haydom Global Health Research Center in north central Tanzania represents an important rural setting for performing high-quality medical research in sub-Saharan Africa. The region around Haydom is agricultural (predominantly maize-based), is resource-poor and has a high degree of stunting among local infants-with 70% stunting by 18 months in the MAL-ED study and 50% in the ELICIT study (for Early Life Interventions for Childhood Growth and Development In Tanzania).

Ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) is the standard of care for the treatment of SAM. UNICEF requires that there be no oil separation in these products necessitating the use of emulsifiers. The effect of emulsifiers on gut health and integrity in children receiving an exclusive diet of RUTF is unknown. The PIs have recently completed a randomized, triple-blind, controlled, clinical equivalency trial in Sierra Leone comparing the alternative oat RUTF (oat-RUTF) to standard RUTF on recovery rates in children with SAM.

Malaria and malnutrition represent major public health concerns worldwide especially in Sub-Sahara Africa. Despite implementation of Seasonal Malaria Chemoprophylaxis (SMC), an intervention aimed at reducing malaria prevalence among children aged 6- 59 months, the burden of malaria and associated mortality among children below age 5 years remains high in Burkina Faso. This raises the question of what hiding factors may negatively affect the responsiveness of SMC intervention.

Pregnancy remains a challenging period in the life of many women in low- and middle-income countries. Maternal mortality remains high and many newborns suffer from premature delivery and /or gestational growth retardation both in length and in weight accumulation.

In Pakistan, around 15% of children under five are wasted, which is almost twice that of the global prevalence 7.5%. There is a demand for a reliable and consistent locally available severe acute malnutrition (SAM) treatment option since currently the only option is to use an imported ready-to-use-therapeutic food (RUTF). While imported RUTF is successful for treatment of children with SAM, Pakistan is often faced with supply chain issues and consequentially management of SAM with RUTF is unreliable.

Burden: A total of 52 million children under 5 are suffering from acute malnutrition globally, of whom 33 million have moderate acute malnutrition (MAM). In Bangladesh, more than 2 million children suffer from MAM. According to Bangladesh Demographic Health Survey 2014 26%, 25% and 17% of children aged less than two years are stunted, underweight and wasted respectively.

The study will be conducted in urban neighbourhoods in South Delhi. Prior to selection of the population, a survey was conducted to ascertain stunting and wasting rates in undertwos.

In this study, married women aged 18 to 30 years, with no or one child, living with her husband, who consent for participation, will be enrolled and followed up till they become pregnant or have completed 18 months of follow up. Once a woman is confirmed to be pregnant, she will be consented again for her and her infant’s participation in the trial.