Severe acute malnutrition in Kenyan children

Severe acute malnutrition remains a serious condition among small children in Southern Africa. This condition increases the risk of mortality, also in the hospital setting.

In this epidemiological study we will examine the outcomes of poor Kenyan children admitted to hospitals and who later are diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition. We will also use data from a completed randomized trial testing the effect of antibiotics on survival among HIV negative children.


The main objectives are to determine:

  • Mortality
  • Incidence of severe infections
  • Recovery from severe acute malnutrition


Berkley J et al. Daily co-trimoxazole prophylaxis to prevent mortality in children with complicated severe acute malnutrition: a multicentre, double-blind, randomised placebo-controlled trial. Lancet Glob Health 2016;4:e464-73.


  • Professor Per Ole Iversen, Department of Nutrition, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Jay Berkley (Principal Investigator)
  • Moses Ngari


  • The Welcome Trust
  • University of Oslo

Project start and finish


Published Jan. 3, 2017 12:41 PM - Last modified Dec. 2, 2019 8:53 AM