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.


Protein-energy malnutrition (PEM) including moderate acute malnutrition (MAM: weight-for-height z-score <-2 to -3, or mid upper arm circumference (MUAC) 115 to 125 mm) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in under-5 children of developing/low-income countries. Approximately 14.6% of all under-5 mortality worldwide is attributed to MAM. Prevalence of MAM among under-5 children in Bangladesh is ~12% (~1.7 million). Providing a diet containing adequate nutrients is the mainstay of treatment of children with MAM.

The purpose of this study is to assess the long-term impact of the Enhanced Homestead Food Production Program implemented by HKI on household food security and nutritional status, as well as the impact on including additional interventions (BCC on WASH and malaria prevention, distribution of preventive lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)) to children aged 6-24 months old, in addition to the standard E-HFP model.

Widespread food insecurity and malnutrition are largely the main impairing factors for human capital development in Pakistan. Rates of chronic malnutrition are very high, and acute malnutrition is critical: 44% of children under five are stunted and nationwide global acute malnutrition (GAM) rates amongst children under five exceed the WHO critical threshold of 15%. Nutritional status trends also show a deteriorating situation since 1994, when stunting rates were at 36%.

The purpose of this trial is to evaluate the efficacy of the LNS on children aged 6-17 months in treating and preventing moderate acute malnutrition. The impact of product will be compared to Corn Soy Blend ++ (CSB++), Sprinkles, and to a control group consuming an unsupplemented diet, which is usually borbor at an early age and thereafter, family foods.

Multi-country three-arm, individually randomized, non-masked, controlled trial to ascertain the benefits of ensuring optimal maternal nutrition before conception and providing an evidence base for programmatic priority directed to minimizing the risk of malnutrition in all females of reproductive age.

The overall objective of the research is to assess the long-term and cost-effectiveness of a combined nutrition psychosocial intervention to a stand-alone nutritional treatment of children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) aged 6 to 24 months in the Saptari District of Nepal. In Nepal, the majority of SAM children are treated with therapeutic food in community/home-based care, and little is known about the long-term sustainability of the nutritional and health benefits of treatment after rehabilitation.

The study will evaluate the impact of a supplementary food (cookies) in preventing the risk of developing moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) in preschool mildly malnourished children. Children will be divided in two groups; one will received the cookie plus 12 educative sessions and the other just the educative program. The study will last 12 months.

Children with moderate acute malnutrition will be recruited in order to receive an intervention which consists in the consumption of a single serving of SF-cookies daily, 7-days a week for 12 months and 12 educational sessions on health and nutrition.

To determine if 12 months of legume-based complementary foods is effective in reducing or reversing EED and linear growth faltering in a cohort of Malawian children, aged 12-35 months to see if these improvements are correlated with specific changes in the enteric microbiome. 

Children who recover from moderate acute malnutrition in Malawi remain at high risk for relapse or death in the year following recovery. This cluster-randomized trial will evaluate a package of affordable, safe, proven interventions specifically targeted to this population of children in an attempt to decrease their risk of relapse or death following recovery from moderate acute malnutrition. These children will be followed for a year following recovery to assess rates of relapse and mortality.