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Date of Award

Spring 5-19-2022

Author's School

College of Arts & Sciences

Author's Program


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (A.B.)




Malnutrition is the cause of almost 50% of the deaths of children under the age of 5 each year and affects over 52 million children each year. For those who survive the bodily harm of undernutrition, neurological, developmental, and physical damage often continues throughout their lifetime resulting in decreased cognitive performance, intellectual and learning disabilities, lower educational achievement, and lower economic productivity. Supplemental foods, such as Ready-To-Use- Therapeutic-Food (RUTF), have been used to increase MAM and SAM recovery rates in the past, however, new and improved food formulations can now begin to be implemented and analyzed for their effectiveness. 75 children aged 8-24 months in the Pujehun District, Sierra Leone who presented with MAM were given one of 3 supplemental foods to assess the acceptability of new RUTF formulations with adjusted omega-3 and omega-6 concentrations which confer cognitive health benefits.


Dr. Mark Manary

Additional Advisors

Dr. Elizabeth Quinn

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