In Malawi, FANTA partners University of California, Davis, and the University of Tampere are conducting a randomized, controlled clinical trial to investigate the extent to which adverse birth outcomes, such as preterm births and infants with low birth weight (both of which are associated with linear growth faltering in early childhood and beyond), can be reduced through dietary intervention during pregnancy. The study’s results will provide information on whether a lipid-based nutrient supplement or multiple micronutrient supplementation—in comparison to the standard iron/folic acid supplementation—during pregnancy can reduce the effect of maternal infections during pregnancy on preterm births and infants with low birth weight.
- Maternal cortisol and stress are associated with birth outcomes, but are not affected by lipid-based nutrient supplements during pregnancy: an analysis of data from a randomized controlled trial in rural Malawi (BMC Pregnancy Childbirth, 2015)
- The impact of lipid-based nutrient supplement provision to pregnant women on newborn size in rural Malawi: A randomised controlled trial (The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2015)
- Supplementation of maternal diets during pregnancy and for six months post-partum and infant diets thereafter with small-quantity lipid-based nutrient supplements does not promote child growth by 18 months of age in rural Malawi (The Journal of Nutrition, 2015)
- The impact of lipid-based nutrient supplementation on anti-malarial antibodies in pregnant women in a randomized controlled trial (Malaria Journal, 2015)
- Nutrient supplementation may adversely affect maternal oral health - a randomised controlled trial in rural Malawi (Maternal & Child Nutrition, 2015)
- Association between maternal dental periapical infections and pregnancy outcomes: results from a cross-sectional study in Malawi (Tropical Medicine & International Health, 2015)