Linear Programming Approach to Develop Local Specific Food-based Complementary Feeding Recommendation

Primary Investigator

  • Umi Fahmida

Study Period

December 2018 - October 2019

Study Description

Brief Summary:
Stunting and anemia amongst under-two children are attributable to poor nutrient intakes. The study evaluates the effectiveness of nutrition education on local specific food-based complementary feeding recommendation (CFR) to improve dietary patterns and nutritional intakes, as well as reduce stunting and anemia among under-two children.

Study Arms

  • Experimental: Enhanced NE Intervention Group will receive standard nutrition education package from primary health care enhanced with local specific food-based complementary feeding recommendation
  • Placebo Comparator: Standard NE Control Group will receive standard nutrition education package from primary health care.

Primary Outcomes

  • Change in anthropometric measurements [ Time Frame: At baseline before intervention (week 0), at midpoint of intervention (week 12), at endpoint after intervention (week 24) ] to measure the change in length measured by using WHO growth standard length-fo
  • Change in hemoglobin status [ Time Frame: At baseline before intervention (week 0), at endpoint after intervention (week 24) ] to measure the change in hemoglobin (g/L) before and after intervention
  • Change in iron status [ Time Frame: At baseline before intervention (week 0), at endpoint after intervention (week 24) ] to measure the change in serum ferritin (microgram/L) before and after intervention
  • Change in zinc status [ Time Frame: At baseline before intervention (week 0), at endpoint after intervention (week 24) ] to measure the change in serum zinc (mg/L) before and after intervention

Study Interventions

  • Behavior change communication (BCC)
  • Standard Fortified Food Blends
  • Locally produced

Research Gaps

  • Effectiveness

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

Study Population

926