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 in 2020, the results will be published in peer-reviewed journals. 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.
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