Ongoing Research

Project Title  

IABC - 3 study: Body composition and growth in the first five years and their predictors: a follow up of Ethiopian iABC cohort study (Child growth sub-study)

Principal investigator

Bitiya Admassu, PhD fellow

General Objective

The study aims to assess body composition and growth in the first five years and their predictors.

Specific objectives

  •  To assess the predictors of stunting and wasting among children at 2 years
  • To examine the effect of birth and the first six month body composition on linear growth among apparently healthy children from birth to 4years of life 
  • To describe the change in body composition from birth to 4 year and their predictors

Summary of the study                       

This is an observational cohort of 600 children whose body composition measurements at birth and during early infancy measured serially are available (iABC -1 study). The study is based in Jimma University Teaching Hospital, Jimma City. As the children in this cohort turn 4 years, there mothers are invited for a follow up assessment. So far, 332 children hae completed their follow up assessment at 4 years of age.


IABC-3 study: Child development and its association with nutritional status and body composition from birth to five years of age (child development sub-study)

Principal investigator

Mubarek Abera, PhD fellow

General objective

 The study aims to assess child development and its association with nutritional status and body composition from birth to five years of age

Specific objectives: 

  • To identify predictors of child development at two years of age in the urban Ethiopian iABC cohort   
  • To assess predictors of change in development from age two through four years of age in the urban Ethiopian iABC cohort 
  • To investigate predictors of behavioural and emotional disorders at five years of age in the urban Ethiopian iABC cohort

Summary of the current status

This is an observational cohort of 600 children whose body composition measurements at birth and during early infancy measured serially are available (iABC -1 study). The study is based in Jimma University Teaching Hospital, Jimma City. As the children in this cohort turn 5 years, their mothers are invited for a follow up assessment. As of 12 April 2015, 232 children have completed their follow up assessment at 5 years of age.