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Sentinel Surveillance of Malnutrition, Niger

This study has been completed.
Ministry of Health, Niger
Medecins Sans Frontieres, Netherlands
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First received: March 26, 2008
Last updated: May 21, 2008
Last verified: May 2008

Malnutrition is a critical public health problem in developing countries. Malnutrition may be linked to more than one half of the deaths in children under 5 years old. In July 2001, after an intervention related to a measles epidemic, Medecins sans Frontieres-France opened a nutritional program in Maradi, in the South of Niger. The introduction of ready to use therapeutic foods (RUTF), in particular Plumpy'Nut (Nutriset, France) allowed for the treatment of the majority of children at their homes using ambulatory treatment. Children with complicated cases were cared for in an inpatient center. With ambulatory treatment the number of children cared for in the MSF program reached close to 70000 in 2006.

This study aimed to assess the effect of a 3-month distribution of RUTF in the context of a preventative supplementary feeding program. The primary hypotheses were that short-term RUTF supplementation at the village-level would prevent declines in weight-for-height and reduce the incidence of wasting in children 6 to 60 mo of age over a period of 8 mo. Because RUTF may have additional health effects, the intervention effect on height-for-age, stunting, mortality and morbidity from malaria, diarrhea, and respiratory infection were also examined.

Condition Intervention
Malnutrition Dietary Supplement: PlumpyNut Dietary Supplement: PlumpyDoz

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Sentinel Surveillance of Acute Malnutrition in the Region of Maradi, Niger, Children Under 5: Impact of a Preventive Intervention

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • weight-for-height in children 6 to 60 mo of age [ Time Frame: 8 months ]

Study Start Date: August 2006
Study Completion Date: March 2008
Primary Completion Date: March 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Ages Eligible for Study:   6 Months to 59 Months   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • All children resident in randomized villages 6-59 months

Exclusion Criteria:

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00682708

Sponsors and Collaborators
Ministry of Health, Niger
Medecins Sans Frontieres, Netherlands
Principal Investigator: Rebecca F Grais Epicentre
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Responsible Party: Rebecca Freeman Grais, epidemiologist, Epicentre Identifier: NCT00682708     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 07056
Study First Received: March 26, 2008
Last Updated: May 21, 2008

Keywords provided by Epicentre:
ready to use food

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Nutrition Disorders processed this record on August 18, 2017