Community-based supplementary feeding for promoting the growth of children under five years of age in low and middle income countries

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There is insufficient evidence to support the community-based supplementary feeding for promoting the growth of children under 5 years old in developing countries. This is because of the scarcity of available studies and their heterogeneity, which makes it difficult to reach any firm conclusions. Meanwhile, children in need should be provided appropriate feeding, health care and sanitation without waiting for new RCTs to establish a research basis for feeding children.

The effectiveness of community supplementary feeding is still unclear due to the lack of evidence from large well conducted randomised controlled trials. The aim of the review was to evaluate the effectiveness of community based supplementary feeding for promoting the physical growth of children under five years of age in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

 

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