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Relationship between vitamin A deficiency and stunting

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Md. Sameul Nawaz

Senior Programme Associate (Nutrition) at WFP

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15 Jun 2016, 02:35

Dear All,

Would you help me to find out the answer to the below two question?

Is there any causal relationship between vitamin A deficiency and the greater risk of stunting?

Can treatment of vitamin A deficiency have a positive impact on stunting?

P. Abel NANEMA

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15 Jun 2016, 09:02

Dear Sameul, here is an interesting article who could help understand the relationship between vitamin A deficiency and stunting :
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4232245/

Cordially,

Kate Godden

Principal Nutrition Adviser, HPI

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15 Jun 2016, 09:59

Hi,

I presented a literature review on the association of high impact nutrition interventions with stunting yesterday so can answer easily. We reviewed evidence from 2013 onwards.

The studies we found showed Vitamin A supplementation has a Weak association with stunting (We categorised evidence as strong/medium/weak or no effect) and that there is an absence of evidence relating to stunting.

Strong evidence of a reduction on infant mortality.

New research has observed increases in head circumference and weight are negated if vitamin A is supplemented at the same time as vaccination with DPT/BCG for example during CHW.

Selected key references are
Abedi, A. J. et al (2015). Intake of vitamin A & its association with nutrition status of pre-school children. International Journal of Community Medicine and Public Health, 2(4), 489-493.
Biering-Sørensen, S. et al (2013). The effect of neonatal vitamin A supplementation on growth in the first year of life among low-birth-weight infants in Guinea-Bissau: two by two factorial randomised controlled trial. BMC pediatrics, 13(1), 1.
Kupka et al (2016). http://fnb.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/05/04/0379572116646280.full. Accessed on 13th May. 2016

I hope this helps,

Kate

Noreen M Mucha

Independent Consultant

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15 Jun 2016, 16:58

Hi Kate,

Can you please send me your email? I am interested in learning more about the literature review on the association of high impact nutrition interventions with stunting. Thanks!

Tamsin Walters

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16 Jun 2016, 16:09

Hi Noreen,

Kate's literature review is still being finalised so she has simply shared the main findings. Once the paper is available she aims to share it more widely.

Best wishes,
Tamsin

Noreen M Mucha

Independent Consultant

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16 Jun 2016, 19:09

Could you please share the presentation in the meantime?

Md. Sameul Nawaz

Senior Programme Associate (Nutrition) at WFP

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21 Jun 2016, 05:42

Thanks to P. Abel NANEMA and Kate Godden. The referring articles is useful.

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