Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of four formulations of food supplements for the prevention of wasting and stunting in Burkina Faso

Primary Investigator

  • Beatrice Rogers

Study Period

March 2014 - August 2017

Study Description

This research will serve as a follow-up on the review of Title II commodities performed by the Food Aid Quality Review at Tufts University in October 2011. The study in Burkina Faso will test the relative effectiveness and cost effectiveness of four supplementary foods in the prevention of MAM and stunting in normal programmatic settings.

The aims of this study are to:

  1. To compare the effectiveness of four alternative supplementary food commodities in preventing stunting and wasting, and promoting linear growth in children 6 - 23 months in the context of a preventive supplementary feeding program in Burkina Faso.
  2. To estimate the relative cost of implementing the supplementary feeding program using each commodity
  3. To estimate the relative cost/effectiveness of implementing the program using each commodity.

Study Arms

  • Active Comparator: CSB14
  • Active Comparator: RUSF1
  • Active Comparator: SC+
  • No Intervention: CSB+

Primary Outcomes

  • Incidence of MAM and Stunting during the 18 months of preventive supplementation (age 6 months to 23 months).

Study Interventions

  • Fortified blended foods (FBF)
  • Lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS)

Research Gaps

  • Cost

    What are the relative costs and outcomes of different food aid products or programs?

  • Effectiveness

    How well do different food compositions and interventions prevent or treat undernutrition, when implemented "on the ground"?

Study Population