Research on the benefits of a household WASH package to Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) program in Chad
The study is conducted in Chad, Mao and Mondo districts of the Kanem region.
In the context of nutritional rehabilitation of SAM (Severe Acute Malnutrition), it is hypothesized that improving water quality and hygiene-related care practices at household level would decrease incidences of WASH-related infections, such as diarrhoea, nematode and environmental enteric dysfunction (EED). As such, it would improve weight gain, decrease relapses after successful discharge, and overall, could decrease over time the incidence of acute malnutrition in the community.
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The ultimate goal is to contribute to the reduction of mortality and morbidity in children under 5 years of age as well as to decrease the prevalence of Severe Acute Malnutrition in the community. The objective of the research is to assess the effectiveness of adding a household WASH component to the standard outpatient treatment of severe acute malnutrition.
Partners: Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium (international); Sahel Association of Applied Research for Sustainable Development (national)
Mathias Altmann; Claire Gailardou
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ACF (Action Contre la Faim)
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