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Prevention of MAM through Ag/Food Security, Social Protection/ECD and WASH

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Anonymous 1191

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11 Feb 2014, 18:18

I am on a team of 4 people doing a series of technical briefs for the CMAM forum (http://www.cmamforum.org). I am focusing on Preventing Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) through Nutrition-Sensitive Development ( including Ag/Food Security, WASH, Social protection/ECD). I am seeking potential volunteer technical reviewers or anyone who has done research in these areas especially re: to prevention of wasting rather than stunting who has any articles, programs or research to share.
Thanks in advance!

Audrey Papucci

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13 Feb 2014, 10:39

Hello ACF is currently implementing a research project in Burkina Faso on the prevention of acute malnutrition through seasonal and multiannual cash transfers, assimilated to safety nets (MAM'Out project - http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01866124?term=MAM%27Out&rank=1). It will be a pleasure to share information on this subject. Do not hesitate to contact me if you are interested. All the best,

Anonymous 81

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13 Feb 2014, 11:03

Dear Audrey,
Your study looks very interesting. I have a little bit similar experience of implementing such approach in two areas in Ethiopia. my question is handling of the control arms. As per Your study protocol, the intervention group will received cash transfer whereas the control arm get nothing. in this case, how do you get ethical approval? the other point is, how do you manage if any partner wants to implement any livelihood based program in the control arm?

Anonymous 81

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13 Feb 2014, 11:24

Dear Audrey,
Your study looks very interesting. even if the aim and setup was different, I have similar experience of implementing such approach. As per your study protocol, the intervention group will received unconditional cash transfer whereas the control arm get nothing. During the course of the intervention, you are expected to collect anthropometry, dietary diversity and other related data from both arms. In this case, how do you get ethical approval? the other point is, how will you manage if any partner wants to implement any livelihood based program in the control arm?

Anonymous 1191

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13 Feb 2014, 17:07

Audrey Thanks! I am very much interested in hearing more about this..how do we get in touch?
Cheers

Audrey Papucci

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17 Feb 2014, 11:12

Dear Kiross,
Thanks for your interest in our study. We received approval for this study from two independent ethics committees. Having a control group was not considered as a big issue in our case, as this is a preventive program and not a curative one. Moreover, both groups benefit from a regular follow up of children and each time a child is detected as acute malnourished, he is sent to the nearest health center and managed.
Besides, the study is not “against” the implementation of other programs in the area, but we try to document all the external intervention in both groups. In this purpose, we communicate a lot at the local and regional levels on our project and asked organizations to inform us if they implement new programs in our area of intervention, so that we can take them into account when analyzing the data.
I hope this can help.

Anonymous 81

Public Health Nutritionist

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18 Feb 2014, 13:52

Dear Audrey,
Thanks for your clarification.

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