Overview

This trial has been completed.

Conditions malnutrition, anemia
Treatment mnp
Sponsor Columbia University
Start date May 2015
End date August 2016
Trial size 526 participants
Trial identifier NCT02808117, AAAP7004

Summary

This study will analyze data from a program run by an microfinance institution (MFI) in Haiti from 2011-2012 where the MFI delivered health goods to some of the villages where it operates. By comparing health indicators among children who were in villages targeted by the program initially to children who were in villages that were not targeted by the program until later, the investigators hope to understand if the MFI successfully delivered the intervention and offer a practical platform for delivery of basic health goods.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Observational model case control
Time perspective retrospective
Arm
Children who were in the Haiti villages and targeted by the MFI program with MNP delivery initially.
mnp Micronutrient powders
Program that delivered MNP and implemented by an MFI in Haiti during 2011-2012. One form of micronutrient supplementation proven to effectively combat micronutrient deficiency.
Children who were in the Haiti villages and not targeted by the MFI program with MNP delivery until later.
mnp Micronutrient powders
Program that delivered MNP and implemented by an MFI in Haiti during 2011-2012. One form of micronutrient supplementation proven to effectively combat micronutrient deficiency.

Primary Outcomes

Measure
Change in blood hemoglobin concentration
time frame: Baseline, 3 months

Secondary Outcomes

Measure
Prevalence of diagnosis of anemia
time frame: 3 months

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 6 months up to 54 months old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Lives in a household where the head of household was an microfinance client. Exclusion Criteria: - Severely anemic (Hgb < 70 g/L) - Severely malnourished (Mid Upper Arm Circumference < 110 mm)

Additional Information

Official title Microfinance Institutions as a Platform for Global Health Delivery: Evidence From a Pilot Program
Description Two-thirds of child deaths could be prevented with increased coverage of existing health products and services; however, effectively delivering health products and services to rural populations in low-income countries remains a practical challenge. This study investigates whether microfinance institutions (MFIs), having invested in community-based infrastructure to deliver financial services to 200 million rural poor households globally, offer a practical platform for delivery of basic health goods. The investigators intend to analyze data from a pilot program implemented by an MFI in Haiti during 2011-2012 that distributed an evidence-based health good, micronutrient powders (MNPs), to 526 children in 34 villages where the MFI operates. Micronutrient deficiency is estimated to be responsible for over 1 million deaths of children under five per year. MNPs are one form of micronutrient supplementation proven to effectively combat micronutrient deficiency. Published cost estimates indicate that leveraging existing supply chains could cut the total cost of mass MNP delivery by 25%. Given MFIs reach 200 million households globally, MFI-based delivery of health goods may be a promising route to improving health outcomes efficiently.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in November 2016.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Columbia University.