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Type Journal Article - BMC public health
Title Integrating acute malnutrition interventions into national health systems: lessons from Niger
Volume 16
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2016
URL https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-016-2903-6
Background: Since 2007, integrated care of acute malnutrition has been promoted in Niger, a country affected by high burden of disease. This policy change aimed at strengthening capacity and ownership to manage the condition. Integration was neither defined nor planned but assumed to have been achieved. This paper studied the level and progress of integration of acute malnutrition interventions into key health system functions.

Methods: The qualitative study method involved literature searches on acute malnutrition interventions for children under 5 in low-income countries to develop a matrix of integration. Integration indicators defined three levels of integration of acute malnutrition interventions into health system functions—full, partial or none. Indicators of health services and health status were added to describe health system improvements. Data from qualitative and quantitative studies conducted in Niger between 2007 and 2013 were used to measure the indicators for the years under study.

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