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Wasting and Stunting: Evidence Generation

Within the WaSt TIG, we continue to generate evidence to increase the understanding of the relationship between wasting and stunting and what this tells us about their aetiology, consequences, treatment and prevention. The WaSt TIG identified a number of research gaps in its original review of the literature which were subsequently prioritised and have formed the basis of the work the group has undertaken since. Some of the key pieces of research we have led on include:

Expanding our knowledge on the relationship between wasting and stunting

Exploring the mortality risks associated with wasting and stunting and evidencing what that means for practice

Understanding how children with WaSt respond to treatment

Examining sex differences in wasting and stunting

Reviewing the evidence and identifying gaps on wasting prevention

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