To what extent is undernutrition (including micronutrient deficiency, particularly Vitamin A and Zinc deficiency) a risk factor for malaria and the extent to which nutritional interventions can reduce incidence, duration and severity of malaria episodes.
This review looks at articles relating to malaria and nutrition. These addressed different stages of the lifecycle, both vivax and falciparum malaria, and varying nutritional interventions. Of these, the 5-10 most-cited trials and reviews relating to each of general undernutrition, micronutrient deficiency, vitamin A, or zinc were selected for review and the ten most relevant are included.
Human Development Resource Centre (HDRC). Helpdesk Report: Studies on Undernutrition and Malaria. Human Development Resource Centre, UK (2010) 3 pp.