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.


The use of lipid-based nutrients (LNS), such as Nutributter or fortified spread (FS), have been associated with improved growth and development outcomes among infants in Ghana and Malawi. Modified versions of such supplements have been developed to improve their nutrient density and quality and to lower their costs. Such modified products have proven acceptable to pregnant women in Malawi and Ghana.

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.

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.

The World Food Programme (WFP) has signed MoU with Planning and Development Department of Balochistan in collaboration with Nutrition Cell and National Programme for Family Planning and Primary Health Care, Balochistan for the prevention of stunting. The project will utilize the window of opportunity (1000 days from conception to 2 years) for addressing stunting in children under-two years. Therefore project will recruit pregnant women during first trimester and newborns who delivered from recruited pregnant women will be followed until the age of 2 years.