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Longitudinal patterns of wasting and stunting – new analysis by the Knowledge Integration (KI) initiative

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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Knowledge Integration (KI) initiative has aggregated data from more than 190 studies on child growth and development. A team of scientists at University of California, Berkeley, in conjunction with the KI initiative, has completed an analysis of longitudinal patterns in wasting and stunting in the first two years of children’s lives using KI-collected cohorts and trials. A series of manuscripts detailing the pooled analysis of wasting and stunting from cohort and trial data is forthcoming later in 2019, including an analysis of wasting incidence, recovery, and seasonality using data from 19 monthly-measured cohorts and an analysis of the causes and consequences of wasting using data from 38 cohorts and trials. Using data from repeatedly-measured children from a geographically diverse set of cohorts, they compare and contrast regional and age-specific patterns in child wasting onset, spontaneous recovery, and associations between wasting incidence and a large set of child, parental, and household characteristics. They also estimate associations between different types and timings of growth faltering and later child mortality and measures of serious growth faltering. 

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Longitudinal patterns of wasting and stunting – new analysis by the Knowledge Integration (KI) initiative. Field Exchange issue 60, July 2019. p66. www.ennonline.net/fex/60/knowledgintegrationinitiative

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