Two studies in a PLOS Medicine special issue on maternal and child health and nutrition explore the impact of interventions aimed at reducing barriers to treatment of acute malnutrition in Burkina Faso and Mali. They find that integrating preventative nutrition interventions into acute malnutrition screening increases participation in monthly screenings and providing nutrient supplements during monthly screening improves screening coverage and reduces the incidence of acute malnutrition. However, both studies conclude that further research is needed to address other barriers to the correct diagnosis and treatment of acute malnutrition and uptake of services.
Additional highlights from this week’s Compact2025 News in Brief include:
- Study finds lasting impacts three years after a biofortification project introduced vitamin A orange sweet potatoes to farmers in Mozambique.
- Compact2025 is pleased to announce its engagement with Botswana as a Focal Country committed to accelerating progress to end hunger and malnutrition.
- Nutrition International has launched a 15-module online course on adolescent nutrition and anemia.