Nutrition News for Africa

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Nutrition News for Africa is a monthly electronic newsletter whose aim is to disseminate state-of-the-art research and policy papers to scientists, program planners, policy makers, and opinion leaders working in the field of public health nutrition in Africa.  The newsletter is prepared as a collaborative effort of PICN and Helen Keller International (HKI).  HKI regional staff members and students and faculty members of the PICN identify and summarize relevant articles and policy statements from the scientific literature and international agency publications. 

2017

  • 02/2017
    Nutritional risk of zinc deficiency as estimated by national surveys
  • 01/2017
    Accelerating nutrition improvements. Best practices for scaling up

2016

  • January
    Macronutrient composition and gestational weight gain
  • February
    Promotion of zinc tablets and ORS through child health weeks in Nigera
  • March
    Biofortified yellow cassava and vitamin A status in Kenyan children
  • April
    Efficacy of highly bioavailable zinc from fortified water
  • May
    Promotion and consumption of commercially produced foods among young children
  • June/July
    Effect of daily antenatal iron supplementation on Plasmodium infection in Kenya
  • August/September
    Dietary diversity during pregnancy in a prospective cohort study in rural Ethiopia
  • October/November
    Is exposure to poultry harmful to child nutrition?
  • December
    Effectiveness of a community-based nutrition programme to improve child growth in rural Ethiopia

2015

  • January
    A comprehensive linear programming tool to optimize formulations of ready-to-use therapeutic foods
  • February
    Nutrition transition in Africa
  • March
    Treatment of children with moderate acute malnutrition in Mali
  • April
    Association between breastfeeding and intellience and income
  • May
    SQ-LNS together with illness treatment increase growth in young Burkinabe children
  • June
    Integrated agriculture and nutrition and health behavior change program in Burkina Faso
  • July
    Associations between maternal age at childbirth and child and adult outcomes in the offspring
  • August
    Fetal, Neonatal, Infant, and Child International Growth Standards
  • September
    Improving the efficiency of micronutrient intervention planning
  • October
    Vitamin A supplements, routine immunization and subsequent risk of malaria
  • November
    Assessing implementation fidelity of an infant and child feeding intervention in Ethiopia
  • December
    Impact of marketing of breast-milk substitutes on breastfeeding practices

2014

  • January
    Direct iodine supplementation of infants versus supplementation of their breastfeeding mothers
  • February
    The World Health Organization's global target for reducing childhood stunting by 2025
  • March
    Developing a Sustainable Nutrition Research Agenda in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • April
    Effectiveness of milk whey protein-based ready-to-use therapeutic food in treatment of severe acute malnutrition in Malawian under-5 children
  • May
     Household food insecurity is associated with higher child undernutrition in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Vietnam, but the effect is not mediated by child dietary diversity
  • June
    The contribution of preterm birth and intrauterine growth restriction to childhood undernutrition in Tanzania
  • November
    Identifying determinants of effective complementary feeding behavior change interventions in developing countries
  • December
    Assessment of integrating behavior change communication strategies into a microcredit program in Nigeria

2013

  • January
    Estimating the global prevalence of zinc deficiency
  • February
    Using mid-upper arm circumference to end treatment of severe acute malnutrition
  • October
    The interpretation of iron status indicators in the presence of inflammation and malaria
  • November
    Effect of iron fortification on malaria incidence in young children
  • December
    Using dietary intake data to identify appropriate vehicles and estimate potential benefits of food fortification in Uganda

2012

  • January
    Role of calcium supplementation during pregnancy in reducing risk of developing gestational hypertensive disorders
  • February
    Diagnostic performance of visible severe wasting, mid-upper arm circumference, and weight-for-height for identifying severe acute malnutrition
  • March
    Methods and results of the Enhancing Child Nutrition through Animal Source Management (ENAM) project
  • April
    Caregiver recognition of childhood diarrhea, related care seeking behaviors and home treatment practices in rural Burkina Faso
  • May
    Selling micronutrient powder reduces anemia, iron deficiency, and vitamin A deficiency in young children in Kenya
  • June
    Low fruit and vegetable consumption in Mozambique: results from a WHO STEPwise approach
  • July/August
    The effect of an integrated multisector model for achieving the Millennium Development Goals and improving child survival in rural sub-Saharan Africa
  • September
    The impact of maize porridge enriched with amaranth grain flour or with a micronutrient powder on iron deficiency and anemia
  • October
    Reduction in child mortality in Niger: a Countdown to 2015 country case study.
  • November
    Exclusive breastfeeding reduces risk of mortality in infants up to 6 mo of age born to HIV-positive Tanzanian women
  • December
    High prevalence of vitamin A deficiency in six-month-old Senegalese breast-fed infants

2011

  • January
    Iron fortification, anthelmintic treatment, and intermittent preventive treatment of malaria for anemia control in children
  • February
    Household food insecurity access scale and an index-member dietary diversity score in an urban West-African setting
  • March
    Adequacy of micronutrient concentrations in plant-based complementary foods
  • April
    Repositioning children’s right to adequate nutrition in the Sahel

  • May
    Acceptability and feasibility of WHO recommendations for feeding infants born to HIV-infected mothers in Burkina Faso
  • June
    Screening for acute childhood malnutrition during the National Nutrition Week in Mali
  • July
    Yellow maize with high β-carotene is an effective source of vitamin A in healthy Zimbabwean men
  • August
    Exclusive-breastfeeding promotion by peer counselors in sub-Saharan Africa (PROMISE-EBF): a cluster-randomised trial
  • September
    New World Health Organization guidelines concerning vitamin A supplementation for women and young children
  • October
    Prevalence and trends of stunting among pre-school children, 1990-2020
  • November
    Anemia in low-income and middle-income countries
  • December
    Plasma retinol-binding protein predicts plasma retinol concentration

2010

  • January
    Efficacy and safety of intermittent preventive treatment for malaria in African infants
  • February
    Scaling up nutrition: What will it cost?
  • March
    Implementing an integrated nutrition package at large scale in Madagascar
  • April
    Moving from vertical to integrated child health programmes
  • May
    Scaling up nutrition: A framework for action
  • June/July
    The Accelerated Child Survival and Development Programme in West Africa
  • August
    Combined iron/folic acid supplements and malaria prophylaxis reduce neonatal mortality
  • September
    Diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa
  • October
    Effect of vitamin A supplementation in women of reproductive age on maternal survival in Ghana
  • November
    Micronutrient fortification to improve growth and health of maternally HIV-unexposed and exposed Zambian infants
  • December
    World Health Organization Model Chapter on “Infant and young child feeding”