Chemical Water Quality & Malnourished Child Health

Chemical Water Quality & Malnourished Child Health


A person feeding a child

Concerns about chemical water quality in intensive therapeutic feeding centres (ITFCs) have persisted among humanitarian fieldworkers for a decade, yet there are no established guidelines for the chemical makeup of water added to the therapeutic feeding and rehydration products used to treat children with severe acute malnutrition.

This research seeks knowledge synthesis toward evidence-based provisional chemical water quality guidelines for ITFCs and field management strategies.

The project:
1. Establishes guidelines for maximum allowable concentrations of key chemical water quality parameters in ITFCs.
2. Identifies potential technical approaches and innovations for improving chemical water quality in humanitarian field settings.
3. Identifies knowledge gaps and priorities for further R&D in order to catalyze new collaborative work in this space.


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Poster Presentation

Poster presentation prepared for MSF Scientific Days 2019. Click to download.


Dahdaleh Institute Team Members

Project Lead

Syed Imran Ali, Research Fellow, Global Health and Humanitarianism

Dr. Imran Ali is an aid worker and academic focused on humanitarian challenges at the intersection of environment and public health. He has worked in emergency responses and led operational research with Médecins Sans Frontières and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in South Sudan, Pakistan, Jordan, Rwanda, and Uganda. Dr. Ali has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, where he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Development Impact Lab and the Blum Center for Developing Economies. Dr. Ali received his doctorate in environmental engineering from the University of Guelph and his bachelors in engineering from Queen’s University.

Technical Advisor

Matthew Arnold, Technical Advisor

Matt started working as a Technical Advisor at The Dahdaleh Institute of Global Health Research in June 2018. Prior to moving to Canada recently he worked for Médecins Sans Frontières as a Water and Sanitation Advisor at HQ level and as field staff since 2003. This work necessitated supporting and implementing water supply and sanitation projects in all types of humanitarian emergencies – from natural disasters and disease outbreaks to population displacements. With an educational background (MSc) in Hydrogeology and a keen interest in Public Health and water quality he is looking to further investigate and research issues in these domains with a view to improving the quality of water supplied in humanitarian responses.

With Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders.


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