Menu ENN Search

Pathways to wasting and stunting: Research concept to fill a remaining gap in evidence and understanding

Author: Wasting and Stunting Technical Interest Group (WaSt TIG)
Year: 2023
Resource type: Research

Within the work of the Wasting and Stunting Technical Interest Group (WaSt TIG), the need for greater clarity on the pathways that lead to wasting, stunting and concurrent wasting and stunting have been identified as a research gap with critical relevance for nutrition policy and programming. This research concept describes the research gap and what may be needed to fill it. We hope the detail presented here will support development of a funding proposal to seek resources to conduct specific research to fill the gaps described. We are actively looking for collaborators and donors - the resulting funding proposal may be co-developed by ENN and the WaSt TIG, with relevant collaborators, as part of the next phase of the WaST TIG’s work.

Overall research aim: to catalyse evidence generation to increase the understanding of the relationship between wasting and stunting and what this tells us about their aetiology, consequences, treatment and prevention. Ultimately we hope this research will highlight the relevance of better risk identification in advancing prevention focussed efforts.

We highlight two pathways of interest which could be important for improving the effectiveness of programming that aims to address undernutrition and for which there are currently considerable knowledge gaps. These pathways include:

  1. The association between a child’s inflammatory, metabolic, and/or microbiome profile and his/ her growth trajectory
  2. Maternal determinants as drivers of infant and child growth trajectories

We encourage prospective collaborators to consider two main approaches for this research:

  1. Conduct further analyses of existing cohort data. This may include applying for funds for a dedicated researcher to further analyse existing cohort data, where relevant data already exists but has not been interrogated
  2. Explore these research questions in a new cohort.

Please read the full research concept to see if you are interested in exploring this topic further and would like to discuss a potential collaboration with ENN. We look forward to hearing from you.

Download

Pathways_Research-concept_final_web.pdf (PDF, 254kb)

More like this

FEX: WaSt Special Section Editorial

View this article as a pdf Dear readers, Our aim with this special section of Field Exchange (FEX) is to convey to you the scope of work that the Wasting and Stunting...

FEX: The Wasting-Stunting Technical Interest Group: Summarising the work to date

This is a summary of a Field Exchange field article that was included in issue 67. The original article was authored by Natalie Sessions and Tanya Khara. Natalie Sessions is a...

Wasting and Stunting: Overcoming the divide

Wasting-Stunting (WaSt) Technical Interest Group (TIG) Donor: Irish Aid, USAID, OFDA Collaborators: Technical Interest Group ENN project lead: Tanya Khara Timeframe: 2014 -...

Blog post: Child wasting and stunting - are we where we need to be?

We've been on a high this week with the publication of the Viewpoint from the ENN coordinated Wasting-Stunting Technical Interest Group (WaSt TIG). 'Beyond wasted and...

FEX: The Wasting-Stunting Technical Interest Group: A summary of the work to date

View this article as a pdf Lisez cet article en français ici This article outlines the work of the Wasting-Stunting Technical Interest Group since its inception in...

FEX: Wasting and Stunting Project: Story of Change

Research Summary1 The Wasting and Stunting (WaSt) project2 began in 2014 with the establishment of the Wasting and Stunting Technical Interest Group (WaSt TIG) - a group of...

FEX: Making connections: Joint meeting of WaSt Technical Interest Group and MAMI Special Interest Group

ENN coordinates two international technical groups, the Management of at-risk Mothers and Infants under six months Special Interest Group (MAMI SIG) and the Wasting and...

FEX: Summary of wasting and stunting project meeting

In May, the Technical Interest Group (TIG) of the ENN-facilitated Wasting and Stunting (WaSt) project1 held its bi-annual meeting, made possible through the generous support of...

Resource: The WaSt study Protocol and Opportunities for Collaboration: bringing new evidence on undernutrition and mortality risk into practice.

The ENN and the Wasting Stunting Technical Interest Group (WaSt TIG), with funding from USAID via the Bureau of Humanitarian Affairs (BHA) and Bureau for Global Health, in 2018...

Resource: The Wasting -Stunting Technical Interest Group Phase 4 Work Plan: June 2020 to June 2022

Introduction The WaSt TIG is in its 7th year of work and entering Phase 4 to take us through to June 2022. The original impetus for the WaSt TIG was to explore the separation...

FEX: A reflection on the 2021 Lancet Maternal & Child Nutrition Series through a WaSt lens

View this article as a pdf This article provides a summary of the Lancet Maternal & Child Nutrition Series to date, reflecting upon the 2021 series from the perspective of the...

Podcast: Is the separation between wasting and stunting justified?

In this episode ENN Technical Directors Tanya Khara and Carmel Dolan are joined by Martha Mwangome from the Kemri / Wellcome Trust research programme in Kenya and Dr Sophie...

en-net: ENN is looking for a consultant Senior Researcher (cohort studies) for the Wasting-Stunting Study.

Location: Home based with considerable international travel to Nigeria Level of effort and duration: This contract is for up to 95 days over 12 months, approximately 60 of...

FEX: USAID’s investment in the WaSt TIG

View this article as a pdf Erin Boyd is a Nutrition Advisor at the United States Agency of International Development's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance. Why has the United...

FEX: Wasting and Stunting Technical Interest Group (WaSt TIG) meeting

On the 15th of January 2018 the Wasting and Stunting (WaSt) Technical Interest Group (TIG) held their third face-to-face meeting at Trinity College, Oxford. This group of 30...

Blog post: 2023: What's ahead for ENN

A critical year - Nigel Tricks "It's 2023, and we have 7 years left to end all forms of malnutrition, 'including achieving, by 2025, the internationally agreed...

FEX: Response to malnutrition treatment in low weight-for-age children: secondary analyses of ComPAS trial data

View this article as a pdf Research summary1 Location: Kenya and South Sudan What we know: Children who are concurrently wasted and stunted (WaSt) have a very high mortality...

FEX: Editorial

View this article as a pdf Editorial FEX67 Welcome to the 67th edition of Field Exchange which we are excited to announce includes a special subsection on the relationships...

FEX: The relationship between wasting and stunting: policy, programming and research implications

Summary of review1 This summary was prepared by Tanya Khara, an independent consultant engaged by the ENN on this review. The review was made possible by the generous support...

ENN Latest

Read our latest published journal article: Anthropometric deficits & the associated risk of death by age & sex in children aged 6-59 months: A meta-analysis. A first of its...

Close

Reference this page

Wasting and Stunting Technical Interest Group (WaSt TIG) (2023). Pathways to wasting and stunting: Research concept to fill a remaining gap in evidence and understanding. www.ennonline.net/pathways-to-wasting-and-stunting

(ENN_7553)

Close

Download to a citation manager

The below files can be imported into your preferred reference management tool, most tools will allow you to manually import the RIS file. Endnote may required a specific filter file to be used.