Growth in late infancy among HIV-exposed children in urban Haiti is associated with participation in a clinic-based infant feeding support intervention

Rebecca Anne Heidkamp, Rebecca J. Stoltzfus, Daniel W. Fitzgerald, Jean W. Pape

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The integration of nutrition support for infants of HIV-infected mothers is a recognized need; however, the evidence for effective programmatic solutions is weak. The objective of our study was to implement and evaluate a new infant feeding support intervention for HIV-exposed, uninfected, non-breast-fed infants 6-12 mo of age attending the Groupe Haïtien d'Etude du Sarcome de Kaposi et des Infections Opportunistes (GHESKIO) pediatric clinic in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The 24-wk intervention included a lipid-based nutrient supplement, education, promotion of existing clinical services, and social support. We compared growth outcomes among intervention participants (n = 73) at start (wk 0) and end (wk 24) of intervention to a historical control group of HIV-exposed infants seen at the GHESKIO in the year prior to the intervention who would have met the intervention entrance criteria (n = 294). The intervention and historical control groups did not differ significantly at age 6 mo (wk 0). At age 12 mo (wk 24), the intervention group had a lower prevalence of underweight and stunting than the historical control group (weight-for-age Z-score

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)774-780
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nutrition
Volume142
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Haiti
HIV
Growth
Control Groups
Growth Disorders
Thinness
Social Support
Mothers
Pediatrics
Lipids
Education
Weights and Measures
Food
Infection

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  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Medicine(all)

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Growth in late infancy among HIV-exposed children in urban Haiti is associated with participation in a clinic-based infant feeding support intervention. / Heidkamp, Rebecca Anne; Stoltzfus, Rebecca J.; Fitzgerald, Daniel W.; Pape, Jean W.

In: Journal of Nutrition, Vol. 142, No. 4, 01.04.2012, p. 774-780.

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