How do you stop high risk children slipping from moderate into severe acute malnutrition?
Dr Mark Manary from Washington University in St Louis is working with charity Project Peanut Butter to look at the different ways moderately and severely acutely malnourished children are treated with ready to use therapeutic food, the global gold standard treatment which he helped invent back in the 1990s. The reality is that children in the moderate group often live in situations that make them very high risk to become severely acutely malnourished. Typical risk factors include not living with their mother, not being breastfed, or being stunted (short for their age). Dr Manary and his team are investigating whether treating these high risk children early can prevent them deteriorating. Data collection and analysis is underway in 2020, with results eventually being published in peer reviewed journals to inform other NGOs and Ministries of Health tackling this issue around the world. It’s crucial work that could stop more children dying of hunger.
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