Volume 98, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Despite the recognition of stunting as a public health priority, nutritional and nonnutritional interventions to reduce or prevent linear growth failure have demonstrated minimal impact. Investigators and policymakers face several challenges that limit their ability to assess the potential benefits of combining available interventions into a linear growth promotion package. We use two common but very different interventions, deworming and multiple micronutrient supplements, to illustrate barriers to recommending an optimal linear growth promotion package based on the currently available literature. These challenges suggest that combining individual- and population-based as well as model-based approaches would complement existing research using systematic review, meta-analysis, and factorial randomized trials, and help integrate existing fields of research to inform the development of optimal linear growth promotion packages for children living in resource-limited settings.

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  • Received : 17 Mar 2017
  • Accepted : 03 Dec 2017
  • Published online : 12 Feb 2018

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