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Safety, Acceptability, and Feasibility of enterade® in children at risk for environmental enteric dysfunction in Kakamega County, Kenya (SAFE)

An effective EED therapeutic would offer an opportunity to improve child growth and development in LRS. One promising intervention, enterade® (an amino acid–based oral rehydration solution [AA-ORS]), is a medical food product already sold in the United States. It consists of oral rehydration salts and a proprietary blend of amino acids designed to restore gut function, improve nutrient and electrolyte absorption, and improve barrier integrity. There is evidence that this AA-ORS reduces inflammation and promotes healing of damaged intestinal epithelium in murine models of intestinal damage (irradiated gut), and it may provide benefit to pediatric EED patients. Supplementation of amino acids may lessen or improve intestinal injury related to enteric illnesses commonly experienced in settings of poor hygiene and sanitation infrastructure. We will conduct a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled pilot study in Kakamega County, Kenya, to assess the safety, feasible dosage, and acceptability/tolerability of the product in the target population (children aged 12–24 months) and their caregivers.

Active Dates 
07/01/2017 to 12/31/2019
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