Research goals in maternal and childhood malnutrition

  • Measure the burden and costs of maternal and childhood malnutrition in Bangladesh to facilitate targeting of interventions and policy decisions regarding resource allocation for measures to control these conditions
  • Assess the biological and non-biological determinants of childhood stunting and severe acute malnutrition to discover new preventative and therapeutic interventions
  • Evaluate the role of maternal malnutrition as a determinant of birth weight and subsequent childhood nutritional status to guide the development of new maternal supplementation strategies
  • Develop and test through clinical and field  trials, ready to use therapeutic (RUTF) and supplementary foods (RUSF), prepared with locally available ingredients, for the treatment of severe and moderate childhood malnutrition, respectively
  • Conduct clinical trials of new interventions to prevent and treat childhood stunting
  • Conduct trials of new interventions to prevent and treat maternal malnutrition in pregnant and non pregnant women
  • Conduct implementation research evaluating the scalability, acceptability and cost-effectiveness of RUTF and RUSF for the treatment of severe and moderate childhood malnutrition
  • Evaluate programmatic constraints to effective interventions to improve maternal malnutrition

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