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Lancet Global Health OptiMA DRC

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KEVIN PHELAN

ALIMA

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16 Mar 2022, 11:02

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to share with you that the results of OptiMA DRC were published today in the Lancet Global Health. Such an article - with a rigorous methodology in one of the places of the world where high quality research is needed most - would not have been possible without the alliance between ALIMA and INSERM (on the CORAL platform), Pronanut/MoH in DR Congo, and, most important, the families in the Kamuesha health zone who put their trust in us. 

Full text is online here : 

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(22)00041-9/fulltext

Our interpretation of the findings: 

"In this non-inferiority trial treating children with MUAC of less than 125 mm or oedema, decreasing RUTF dose according to MUAC and weight increase proved to be a superior strategy to the standard protocol in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. These results demonstrate the safety and benefits of an approach that could substantially increase access to treatment for millions of children with acute malnutrition in sub-Saharan Africa."

There was also an accompanying Commentary that can be found here :

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(22)00087-0/fulltext

Finally, the ALIMA communications team has some nice content across various platforms:

FR: https://alima.ngo/2022/03/16/une-etude-revele-le-succes-dune-nouvelle-strategie-pour-soigner-plus-denfants-souffrant-de-malnutrition-aigue/

ENG: EN : https://alima.ngo/en/2022/03/15/study-shows-success-of-new-strategy-to-treat-more-acutely-children-malnutrition/

Many cheers everyone. And don't hesitate if you have any questions.

Kevin

PS  Paper 2 comparing outcomes just among children with SAM is in preparation and we hope it is published soon. 

KEVIN PHELAN

ALIMA

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16 Mar 2022, 18:11

Hi everyone, I forgot to say that this would not have been possible without financing through the wonderful Innocent Foundation. 

Cheers Kévin 

Dr. Manisha Choudhury

Assam Agricultural University

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4 Mar 2023, 03:34

Many Congratulations to the whole team.

Dr. Manisha Choudhury

Assam Agricultural University

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4 Mar 2023, 03:38

Many congratulations to the whole team.

If you plan any collaborative research in flood-affected areas, I would love to be part of the same. I am working as a faculty in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, at Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat, India. Before joining academics, I had been working in development sectors with organizations like UNICEF, Save the Children, etc.  Assam, one of the states of North East India, is experiencing annual floods and the infants and children residing near the bank of the mighty river Brahmaputra and Barak are most vulnerable in terms of poor nutritional status. Sharing with you one of my recent publications on this. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s43538-022-00128-8#citeas.

Hope to hear from you. You may connect in my personal email manishachoudhury07@gmail.com

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