PhD defence - Ann-Sophie Iuel-Brockdorff

Ann-Sophie Iuel-Brockdorff is defending her PhD thesis

Acceptability of supplementary foods for children with moderate acute malnutrition and feeding behaviours during home-based treatment


1 September 2017, 13:00


Auditorium A2-70.04 (Marble Hall), Thorvaldsensvej 40, 1958 Frederiksberg C


Professor Christian Mølgaard (chair), Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Nutrition Scientist Victor Ochieng Owino, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Austria

Senior Researcher Ulla Ashorn, Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences, University of Tampere, Finland


Professor Henrik Friis, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


Pediatric Consultant Vibeke Brix Christensen, Department of Paediatrics, Righospitalet, Blegdamsvej 9, 2100, Copenhagen, Denmark

Lecturer Tania Åse Dræbel, Department of International Health, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

About the thesis

Acceptability of various nutritional products for the treatment of children with moderate acute malnutrition and feeding behaviors during home-based treatment with the products were evaluated in a large randomized controlled trial in Burkina Faso.

The study showed high acceptability of all products, but children receiving a corn-soy blend (CSB) more often had left-overs after meals and a forced feeding style was more frequently applied compared to children receiving a lipid-based peanut paste (lipid-based nutrient supplement, LNS). In addition, CSB was not served as frequently or cooked as recommended. LNS and all products with a high content of milk were generally more appreciated, while taste, smell and texture were not influenced by the amount of milk or the quality of soy in the products. Both CSB and LNS were shared with other children in the household.

These findings substantiate results related to the biological effect of the products, thus contribute to the evidence that can provide the basis for future treatment of the millions of children with moderate acute malnutrition. The study was a collaboration between the University of Copenhagen, Médecins sans Frontiéres-DK and ALIMA.

2017, 146 pages, ISBN 978 87 7209 040 5.