Helpdesk Report: Studies on Undernutrition and Malaria

Abstract

Query

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.

Overview

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.

Citation

Human Development Resource Centre (HDRC). Helpdesk Report: Studies on Undernutrition and Malaria. Human Development Resource Centre, UK (2010) 3 pp.

Helpdesk Report: Studies on Undernutrition and Malaria

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