Nutrition News for Africa

June 2014
Sania A, Spiegelman D, Rich-Edwars J, Hertzmark E, Mwiru RS, Kisenge R, Fawzi WW.
  The contribution of preterm birth and intrauterine growth restriction to childhood undernutrition in Tanzania. Maternal and Child Nutrition, 2014 April 10.
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May 2014
Ali D, Saha KK, Nguyen PH, Diressie MT, Ruel MT, Menon P, Rawat R. Household
food insecurity is associated with higher child undernutrition in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Vietnam, but the effect is not mediated by child dietary diversity. J Nutr. 2013; 143:2015-21.

April 2014
Bahwere P, Banda T, Sadler K, Nyirenda G, Owino V, Shaba B, Dibari F, Collins S. (2014) Effectiveness of milk whey protein-based ready-to-use therapeutic food in treatment of severe acute malnutrition in Malawian under-5 children: a randomised, double-blind, controlled non-inferiority clinical trial. Maternal and Child Nutrition, Feb 13 [e-pub ahead of print]; doi: 10.1111/mcn.12112.

March 2014

Van Royen K, Lachat C, Holdsworth M,  Smit K, Kinabo J, Roberfroid D, Nago E, Garimoi Orach C, Kolsteren P. (2013). How can the operating environment for nutrition research be improved in sub-Saharan Africa? The views of African researchers. PLoS ONE 8: e66355. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0066355. (Available at:
Lachat C, Nago E, Roberfroid D, Holdsworth M, Smit K, Kinabo J, Pinxten W, Kruger A, Kolsteren P. (2014) Developing a Sustainable Nutrition Research Agenda in Sub-Saharan Africa—Findings from the SUNRAY Project. PLoS Med 11(1): e1001593. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001593 (Available at:
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February 2014

de Onis M, Dewey KG, Borghi E, Onyango AW, Blossner M, Daelmans B, Piwoz E, Branca F. The World Health Organization's global target for reducing childhood stunting by 2025: rationale and proposed actions. Maternal Child Nutrition 2013;9 Suppl 2:6-26.
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January 2014
Bouhouch RR, Bouhouch S, Cherkaoui M, Aboussad A, Stinca S, Haldimann M, Andersson M, Zimmermann MB. Direct iodine supplementation of infants versus supplementation of their breastfeeding mothers: a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial. The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, Early Online Publication, 22 November 2013, doi:10.1016/S2213-8587(13)70155-4.
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December 2013
Kyamuhangire W, Lubowa A, Kaaya A, Kikafunda J, Harvey P, Rambeloson Z, Dary O, Dror D, Allen L.  The importance of using food and nutrient intake data to identify appropriate vehicles and estimate potential benefits of food fortification in Uganda.  Food Nutr Bull 2013; 34: 131 – 141.
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November 2013
Zlotkin S, Newton S, Aimone AM, Azindow I, Amenga-Etego S, Tchum K, Mahama E, Thorpe KE, Owusu-Agyei S. Effect of iron fortification on malaria incidence in infants and young children in Ghana: a randomized trial. JAMA 2013;310:938-47.
Prentice AM, Verhoef H, Cerami C. Iron fortification and malaria risk in children. JAMA 2013;310(9):914-5.
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October 2013
Engle-Stone R, Nankap M, Ndjebayi AO, Erhardt J, Brown KH.  Plasma ferritin, soluble transferrin receptor, and body iron stores identify similar risk factors for iron deficiency but result in different estimates of the national prevalence of iron deficiency and iron-deficiency anemia among women and children in Cameroon.  J Nutr. 2013 Mar;143(3):369-77. doi: 10.3945/jn.112.167775. Epub 2013 Jan 23.

Righetti AA, Wegmüller R, Glinz D, Ouattara M, Adiossan LG, N’Goran EK, Utzinger J, Hurrell RF. Effects of inflammation and Plasmodium falciparum infection on soluble transferrin receptor and plasma ferritin concentration in different age groups: a prospective longitudinal study in Côte d’Ivoire. Am J Clin Nutr 2013. Jun;97(6):1364-74. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.112.050302. Epub 2013 Apr 24.

Grant FKE, Martorell R, Flores-Ayala R, Cole CR, Ruth LJ, Ramakrishnan U, Suchdev PS. Comparison of indicators of iron deficiency in Kenyan children.  Am J Clin Nutr. 2012 May;95(5):1231-7. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.111.029900. Epub 2012 Mar 28.
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February 2013
Dale NM, Myatt M, Prudhon C, Briend A.  Using mid-upper arm circumference to end treatment of severe acute malnutrition leads to higher weight gains in most malnourished children.  PLoS ONE 8: e55404. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0055404, 2013. (This article can be accessed at:
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January 2013
Wessells KR, Singh GM, Brown KH. Estimating the global prevalence of inadequate zinc intake from national Food Balance Sheets: Effects of methodological assumptions. PLoS ONE 7: e50565. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0050565 , 2012. (This article can be accessed at:

Wessells KR, Brown KH. Estimating the global prevalence of zinc deficiency: Results based on zinc availability in national food supplies and the prevalence of stunting. PLoS ONE 7: e50568. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0050568, 2012. (This article can be accessed at:
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December 2012
High prevalence of vitamin A deficiency is detected by the modified relative dose-response test in six-month-old Senegalese breast-fed infants. Agne-Djigo A, Idohou-Dossou N, Kwadjode KM, Tanumihardjo SA, Wade S.  J Nutr 142: 1991-1996, 2012.
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November 2012
Exclusive breastfeeding reduces risk of mortality in infants up to 6 mo of age born to HIV-positive Tanzanian women. Natchu UCM, Liu E, Duggan C, Msamanga G, Peterson K, Aboud S, Spiegelman D, Fawzi WW.  Am J Clin Nutr 2012; 96: 1071–8.
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October 2012
Reduction in child mortality in Niger: a Countdown to 2015 country case study.  Amouzou A, Habi O, Bensaid K, and the Niger Countdown Case Study Working Group.
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September 2012
Maize porridge enriched with a micronutrient powder containing low-dose iron as NaFeEDTA, but not amaranth grain flour, reduces anemia and iron deficiency in Kenyan preschool children. Macharia-Mutie CW, Moretti D, Van den Briel N, Omusundi AM, Mwangi AM, Kok FJ, Zimmermann MB, Brouwer ID. J Nutrition 142: 1756-1763, 2012.
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July-August 2012
The effect of an integrated multisector model for achieving the Millennium Development Goals and improving child survival in rural sub-Saharan Africa: a non-randomised controlled assessment.  Pronyk PM, Muniz M, Nemser B et al. The Lancet 379: 2179-88; 2012. 
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June 2012
Low fruit and vegetable consumption in Mozambique: results from a WHO STEPwise approach to chronic disease risk factor surveillance.
Padrão P, Laszczynska O, Silva-Matos C, Damasceno A, Lunet N.  Br J Nutr 107: 428-435, 2012.
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May 2012
Selling Sprinkles micronutrient powder reduces anemia, iron deficiency, and vitamin A deficiency in young children in Western Kenya: a cluster-randomized controlled trial.  Suchdev PS, Ruth LJ, Woodruff BA, Mbakay C, Mandava U, Flores-Ayala R, Jefferds MED, Quick R.  Am J Clin Nutr 95: 1223-30, 2012.
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April 2012
Caregiver recognition of childhood diarrhea, and related care seeking behaviors and home treatment practices in rural Burkina Faso: A cross-sectional survey. Wilson SE, Ouédraogo C, Prince L, Ouédraogo A, Hess SY, Rouamba N, Ouédraogo JB, Vosti SA, Brown KH.  PLoS ONE 7: e33273 (pp 1-8), 2012.
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March 2012
1) The nutrition-microcredit synergy: a case for multiple intervention strategies. Marquis GS, Colecraft EK. Afr J Food Ag Nutr Dev 12: 5674-86, 2012.

2) Planning, design, and implementation of the enhancing child nutrition through animal source food management (ENAM) project. Colecraft EK, Marquis GS, Sakyi-Dawson O, Lartey A, Butler LM, Ahunu B, Reddy MB, Jensen HH, Huff-Lonergan E, Casnacoo E. Afr J Food Ag Nutr Dev 12: 5687-5708, 2012.

3) Relationships between caregivers’ income generation activities and their children’s animal source food intake. Christian AK, Lartey A, Colecraft EK, Marquis GS, Sakyi-Dawson O, Ahunu B, Butler LM. Afr J Food Ag Nutr Dev 12: 5746-58, 2012.

4) Microenterprise development coupled with nutrition education can help increase caregivers’ incomes and household accessibility to animal source foods. Homiah PA, Sakyi-Dawson O, Bonsu AM, Marquis GS. Afr J Food Ag Nutr Dev 12: 5725-45, 2012.
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February 2012
1) Diagnostic performance of visible severe wasting for identifying severe acute malnutrition in children admitted to hospital in Kenya. Mogeni P, Twahir H, Bandika V, Mwalekwa L, Thitiri J, Ngari M, Toromo C, Maitland K, Berkley J.  Bull World Health Organ 2011; 89:900-6. 

2) Mid-upper arm circumference and weight-for-height to identify high-risk malnourished under-five children.  Briend A, Maire B, Fontaine O, Garenne M.  Mat Child Nutr 8:130-133, 2012. 
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January 2012
Role of calcium supplementation during pregnancy in reducing risk of developing gestational hypertensive disorders. Imdad A, Jabeen A, Bhutta Z. BMC Public Health 11(Suppl 3): 518, 2011.
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