3ie Systematic Review Series

3ie-funded and in-house reviews examine the range of available evidence of the effects of social and economic development interventions in low- and middle-income countries. 

3ie-supported systematic reviews follow Campbell Collaboration-recognised review methods.

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Supplementary feeding for improving the health of disadvantaged infants and children: what works and why?

3ie Systematic Review Summary 5, 2016

This report – a summary of a systematic review and a realist review – by Kristjansson et al. examines the evidence on whether supplementary feeding can improve the health of infants and children between three months and five years of age. The systematic review showed that supplementary food was more effective for children below two years and for those who were poorer or less well-nourished. The realist review found that prerequisites for programme success included the quality and quantity of the supplement and a reliable supply chain.

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