The effects of supplementation of zinc and other micronutrients on cellular and serological indicators of immunity against malaria in Tanzanian children
01 / 2005 - unknown
Introduction: Evidence from community-based randomised controlled trials shows that zinc supplementation can result in dramatic reductions in morbidity from malaria and improved growth in some populations of children.The study aims at determining the potential effects of supplementation of zinc and other micronutrients on the cellular and serological indicators of immunity against malaria in Tanzanian children.
Results: This study is expected to provide new, better and conclusive evidence on the efficacy of zinc supplementation on malaria, specifically on cellular or soluble mediators of immunity. By measuring effects on status for other micronutrients, our study may provide new evidence of deficiencies that have been little studied in children but that are often considered as possible public health problems. This will also contribute to international efforts to develop and evaluate innovative supplementation vehicles suitable for young children in tropical environments.
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