Principal Investigator: Cécile Bizouerne, Action Contre La Faim
The study aimed to assess the cost-effectiveness and long-term impact of a combined nutrition/psychosocial intervention on the growth and development of children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) in the Saptari District of Nepal. The psychosocial intervention was aimed at mothers of malnourished children, and focused on empowering her as the key ally in the treatment of the undernourished child through improving child care practices, parent-child relationships and maternal mental health. The study planned to measure the impact on children’s nutritional outcomes, as well as child development and the mothers’ own mental health. A cost effectiveness study sought to investigate if the inclusion of the psychosocial intervention reduced overall treatment costs.
A randomised controlled trial was successfully undertaken and 640 children and their mothers were enrolled in the trial, including 427 children affected with SAM and 213 healthy children, aged 6 to 24 months. Data was collected at baseline, post-intervention and at 5 and 11 months after admission for children and caregivers who had received the intervention and those who had not, as well as a comparison group of children who were not suffering from SAM. The psychosocial programme involved 5 bi-monthly sessions linked to fortnightly visits to health centres for Outpatient Therapeutic Programme treatment. The psychosocial intervention involved sessions on communication and play; breastfeeding and feeding practices; massage, bathing, sleep and relaxation needs; and family sharing.
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