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This article synthesizes the results of 3 cluster randomized controlled trials of dairy-containing ready-to-use supplementary foods (RUSFs) to address malnutrition in primary schools, preschools and villages in Guinea-Bissau, one of the world's poorest countries. Together, these studies document widespread malnutrition across infants, young children, adolescents, and pregnant and lactating women and point to intervention options that were not previously presented.
To combine the evidence from the United States Department of Agriculture-funded pilot studies in Guinea-Bissau on the effects of dairy protein supplementation to gain a broader perspective on the role of dairy containing RUSFs in various age-groups, the importance of the mother-child dyad and family food dynamics for infant and child growth. Translate the results into action and the next generation of effective products.
A comparative analysis of data and synthesis of evidence from 3 published studies and ongoing research conducted by our team in Guinea-Bissau.
RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS:
Higher dairy supplements have the potential to achieve broad benefits for malnutrition, especially in mothers and early childhood (first 1000 days and 36-59 months). Higher levels of dairy protein also can prevent moderate acute malnutrition in children younger than 2 years, independent of the family food dynamic. Community-level nutrition behavior change education should target older children and adolescents at the community level and through the preschool/school platform.
Food and Nutrition Bulletin 39 , no. 2 Supp (2018)
- Behavior change communication (BCC)
- Fortified blended foods (FBF)
Nutritional Problems being Studied