Our achievements in maternal and childhood malnutrition research

Ready-to-use supplementary and therapeutic foods

  • We have developed nutritious ready-to-use supplementary foods (RUSF) prepared from local ingredients, and shown that they are acceptable to children.
  • We have also developed ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTF) for severe acute malnutrition; in trials we have shown that they are as effective as a well-established therapeutic product.
  • Pilot trials are assessing implementation of our RUTF to treat severe acute malnutrition in communities.

Christian P et al. Effect of fortified complementary food supplementation on child growth in rural Bangladesh: a cluster-randomized trial. Int J Epidemiol. 2015;44(6):1862–76.

Nutrition policy development

  • In Bangladesh, we led the development of the National Nutrition Policy and reviewed the nutrition background paper that will inform the country’s seventh Five Year Plan.