Interventions to Effectively Treat Moderate Acute Malnutrition among HIV-Positive and HIV-Negative Women during Pregnancy

Globally, there is a lack of agreement and global guidelines on how to diagnose or treat moderate or severe acute malnutrition during pregnancy. In addition, the benefits of treatment of moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) during pregnancy remain undocumented. To respond to this gap in evidence-based treatment protocols, FANTA has initiated a study in collaboration with its partner, Washington University in St. Louis. The study is testing whether providing a fortified flour plus a multiple micronutrient tablet or providing ready-to-use supplementary food will result in improved MAM recovery rates among pregnant women and higher infant birth weights and lengths compared to the current standard of care in Malawi, which is a ration consisting of corn-soy blend and iron-folic acid supplementation.

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