Research Priorities to Improve the Management of Acute Malnutrition in Infants Aged Less than Six Months (MAMI)

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

infant malnutrition

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?


Why was it conducted at all?

Worldwide, 8.5 million infants aged less than 6 months (<6m) are acutely malnourished. For the first time, 2013 WHO Malnutrition Guidelines describe their treatment, but on the basis of “very low quality” evidence, perWHO. More and better research is urgently needed.

What was the objective?

to prioritize the many possible research questions on infant <6m malnutrition

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 15 research questions

How long did the research prioritization take?

No information provided.

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?

CHNRI approach

How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: defining context and criteria, core group of researchers developed long list of possible research questions based on previous publications, meetings and discussions, ideas were consolidated, edited and refined, resulting in list of 60 questions along 3 areas, core group agreed on scoring criteria and decided to not apply weights to these criteria. Step 2: survey: experts asked to score each question

Which stakeholders took part?

NGOs, academics, UN agency, government and independents. Overall, 64 stakeholders participated: 27 from NGOs, 16 from academic institutions, 8 from UN, 6 from government institutions, and 7 independents.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Participants were identified from their participation at meetings and symposia related to nutrition and/or infant and young child feeding.

Were stakeholders actively involved or did they just participate?

Stakeholders were mere participants of the research prioritization process; they were not actively involved in the process.