This is a protocol for the review that will investigate the relationship between recovery/cure and relapse, and between relapse and default and/or return defaults/episodes of default in the management of acute malnutrition in children under five in humanitarian emergencies. The review will also explore the contexts in which acute malnutrition management programmes were implemented, in order to identify and describe how context influences relapse and default and/or return default/episodes.
This review is funded through the Humanitarian Evidence Programme, a UK Aid-funded partnership between Oxfam and Feinstein International Center (FIC) at the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University. We plan to conduct a systematic review of evidence to understand what works in the management of acute malnutrition in emergency relief settings. The review primarily will focus on reviewing evidence from published and unpublished/grey literature to understand the relationship between recovery and relapse, and default rates and/or repeated episodes of default, following the management of acute malnutrition in children aged under five-years-old in humanitarian emergencies.
The review forms part of the Humanitarian Evidence Programme, which aims to synthesize evidence in the humanitarian sector and communicate the findings to stakeholders, with the ultimate goal of improving humanitarian policy and practice.
Akparibo, R.; Lee, A.C.K.; Booth, A.; Harris, J.; Woods, H.B.; Blank, L.; Holdsworth, M. Relationships between recovery and relapse, and default and repeated episodes of default in the management of acute malnutrition in children in humanitarian emergencies: A systematic review protocol. Oxfam GB, Oxford, UK (2015) 48 pp. ISBN 978-0-85598-712-1