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Cluster randomised controlled trial of a Community intervention to improve growth among children under two in rural India (CARING)

CARING

Dates: 2013-2016

Principal Investigators: Dr Audrey Prost & Dr Nirmala Nair

Partner: Ekjut and the Public Health Foundation of India

Location: India - West Singhbhum district (Jharkhand) and Keonjhar district (Odisha), eastern India

Funding: DfID, MRC and Wellcome Trust Joint Global Health Trial scheme

Contact: audrey.prost@ucl.ac.uk
 

Project Summary 

Forty percent of the world's undernourished children live in India. The CARING trial: CARING is an operational research project that aims to develop and evaluate a community-based intervention to improve nutrition and growth in the first 1000 days of life in rural eastern India. The intervention is designed to be scalable through a community health worker proposed by India's Integrated Child Development for the country's 200 most underserved districts.

The project will take place between 2013 and 2017, and is a collaboration between the Indian NGO Ekjut, the Public Health Foundation of India, and University College London.

This study aims to assess the impact, cost-effectiveness and scalability of a community intervention to improve child growth in two rural districts of Jharkhand and Orissa, India, where over 60% of children are stunted.

The intervention involves a village-based female agent carrying out two activities: (a) monthly home visits for growth monitoring and promotion to all children aged 0-24 months and their mothers in order to support appropriate feeding, infection control and caregiving; (b) a monthly participatory women's group meeting to catalyse individual and community action for maternal and child health and nutrition. The intervention is being evaluated using a cluster-randomised controlled trial in 120 villages across two districts. 

We aim for the study to help inform local and national-level strategies to reduce maternal and child undernutrition.


Research Team
Ekjut: Nirmala Nair, Prasanta Tripathy, Rajesh Sinha, Rajkumar Gope, Shibanand Rath & Suchitra Rath

Prof HPS Sachdev (Independent Co-I)

PHFI: Sanghita Bhattacharyya, Aradhana Srivastava

UCL: Naomi Saville, Andrew Copas, Jolene Skordis-Worrall, Hassan Hagparast-Bigdoli, Audrey Prost, Anthony Costello

Publications


 
Resources
Ejkut Facebook page

 

Keywords
Nutrition
Child Health
Randomised Controlled Trials
Global Health and Development
Cost effectiveness

Presentations
CARING overview
Related docs
Trial registration with Current Controlled Trials

 

Further research