Marie McGrath
University College Cork
Publications 38
#1Claire AllenH-Index: 7
#2Jeroen JansenH-Index: 1
Last.Hannah Hafezi ('KCL': King's College London)
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Program decision-making to prevent and treat acute malnutrition in an emergency can be hampered by a lack of accessible and relevant overviews of directly available robust research evidence. There is often evidence from related settings such as from low-income countries, but this is dispersed across many databases, may be inaccessible and requires assessment of its relevance to the humanitarian setting. We describe a process whereby a multi-disciplinary, international group of specialists worked...
#1Rebecca BrownH-Index: 4
#2Kate SadlerH-Index: 1
Last.Jeremy ShohamH-Index: 2
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#1Marko Kerac (Lond: University of London)H-Index: 18
#2Severine Frison (Lond: University of London)H-Index: 5
Last.Marie McGrathH-Index: 10
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Background Tackling malnutrition is a global health priority, helping children both survive and thrive. Acute malnutrition (wasting) in infants aged under 6 months (u6m) is often neglected. Worldwide, some 8.5 million infants u6m are affected yet recent World Health Organization malnutrition guidelines highlight numerous evidence gaps on how to best manage them. To inform future research, policy and programming, we aimed to identify risk factors associated with infant u6m wasting. Methods We did...
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#1Heather Stobaugh (RTP: Research Triangle Park)H-Index: 3
#2Amy Mayberry (Action Against Hunger)H-Index: 1
Last.Natasha Lelijveld (Action Against Hunger)
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#1Martha MwangomeH-Index: 11
#2Moses NgariH-Index: 9
Last.James A. BerkleyH-Index: 41
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The World Health Organization currently defines severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in infants aged under 6 months of age using weight-for-length Z score (WLZ). Given widespread use of mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) for identifying SAM in older children and weight-for-age (WAZ) for growth monitoring, there is increasing debate about the optimal anthropometric criteria to best identify infants u6m at-risk of mortality. To determine the discriminatory value for mortality during the first 12 months...
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#1M. Munirul Islam (International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh)H-Index: 19
#2Yasir Arafat (Save the Children)H-Index: 1
Last.Marko Kerac (Lond: University of London)H-Index: 18
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Severe acute malnutrition (SAM) affects ~4 million infants under 6 months (u6m) worldwide, but evidence underpinning their care is "very low" quality. To inform future research and policy, the objectives of our study were to identify risk factors for infant u6m SAM and describe the clinical and anthropometric outcomes of treatment with current management strategies. We conducted a prospective cohort study in infants u6m in Barisal district, Bangladesh. One group of 77 infants had SAM (weight-for...
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#1Jessica BlissH-Index: 1
#2Natasha LelijveldH-Index: 4
Last.AmyMayberryH-Index: 1
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A stubborn persistence of child severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and continued gaps in program coverage have made identifying methods for expanding detection, diagnosis, and treatment of SAM an urgent public health need. There is growing consensus that making mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) use more widely accessible among caregivers and community health workers (CHWs) is an important next step in further decentralizing SAM care and increasing program coverage, including the ability of CHWs to...
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#1Claire AllenH-Index: 7
#2Marie McGrathH-Index: 10
Last.Marta Valdes Garcia (Oxfam)
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Objectives Background With more than US27.3 billion spent in 2016 on international humanitarian aid, the use of evidence is critical if funding is to be used effectively. Since Evidence Aid ( was established in 2004, >1.6 billion people have been affected by disasters globally, with the estimated total cost of damages totalling over US.3 trillion for the period to 2013. Despite this enormous burden and the real and pressing need to alleviate it, robust evidence of the effe...
#1Mija Ververs (Johns Hopkins University)H-Index: 1
#2Marie McGrathH-Index: 10
Last.Robert C Stewart (Royal Edinburgh Hospital)H-Index: 1
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#1Marko KeracH-Index: 18
#2Marie McGrathH-Index: 10
Both acute malnutrition and nutrition (breastfeeding) in infants under 6 months of age (infants <6 months) are important global health issues and have received much international attention over the years. However, it is only recently that the two in combination— the management of acute malnutrition in infants <6 months (MAMI)—have been examined. This chapter outlines the background epidemiology, why acute malnutrition in this age group matters, key challenges around infant <6 months malnutrition...