Does a simplified, combined treatment for moderate and severe acute malnutrition work better than two separate treatment protocols?
Project OptiMA aims to test and treat acute malnutrition at an earlier stage, providing ready-to-use-therapeutic-food for children with both moderate and severe acute malnutrition, and gradually tapering the dosage as the child gets better – all without compromising quality of care. ALIMA, in partnership with INSERM at the University of Bordeaux, is comparing the OptiMA approach with the current standard approach for over 1,000 children across four health zones in the DRC. If successful, this will give more children access to treatment at a similar cost to the current approach. Once data collection and analysis is complete, the results will be published in peer-reviewed journals. The OptiMA project has taken place in Burkina Faso too, so have a look at the Youtube video below for more information. We’re proud to help with this important work to investigate potential solutions to decrease the deadly impact of acute malnutrition on the most vulnerable, and we’re hoping that the findings will positively impact on the treatment of millions of children across the globe.
ALIMA is a medical humanitarian NGO created in 2009 and currently operating in 12 African countries where it provides medical care to the most vulnerable populations in some of the most difficult contexts in the world (wars, conflicts, epidemics). Its operational headquarters is in Dakar, and also has offices in Paris and New York. ALIMA’s ambition is to transform humanitarian healthcare through its unique model based on innovation, research and local partnerships.
Image of the child with the MUAC band is illustrative picture and copyright of © Sylvain Cherkaoui / ALIMA.
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