In March 2016, researchers from the University of Jos were awarded a grant for a new research project to study long-term outcomes following treatment in a Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) programme in Jigawa State. The grant was awarded by ORIE (Operations Research and Impact Evaluation).
Every year about one million children under five years of age die in Nigeria. Malnutrition contributes to nearly half of these deaths. There is a lack of data on long-term outcomes and rising concerns over high post-discharge relapse and mortality rates. The researchers will examine the survival, health and growth outcomes of a sample of approximately 500 children treated in out-patient CMAM centres, supported through the Working to Improve Nutrition in Northern Nigeria (WINNN) programme, in two LGAs in the state of Jigawa. The findings will be used to advocate for post-discharge follow-up programmes in the community.