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Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism
Volume 2012, Article ID 764504, 8 pages
Research Article

Effects of a Cereal and Soy Dietary Formula on Rehabilitation of Undernourished Children at Ouagadougou, in Burkina Faso

1Centre Médical Saint Camille de Ouagadougou, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
2Centre de Recherche Biomoléculaire Pietro Annigoni, Saint Camille-CERBA/LABIOGENE-Ouagadougou, Université de Ouagadougou, 03 BP 7021 Ouagadougou 03, Burkina Faso
3University of Brescia, Piazza Spedali Civili 1, 25123 Brescia, Italy

Received 31 May 2011; Revised 5 October 2011; Accepted 14 October 2011

Academic Editor: Frank Thies

Copyright © 2012 Zoenabo Douamba et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The New Misola consists of millet soybean, peanut, vitamins, minerals, and industrial amylase. Our objective is to demonstrate that porridge made from local grains and legumes restores the nutritional balance of malnourished children. The study was carried on 304 malnourished children aged 6–48 months including 172 girls and 132 boys from Saint Camille Medical Centre. At the beginning, these malnourished children had a WHZ z-score of −3.10 and a WAZ z-score of −3.85, which reflected, according to WHO, a severe malnutrition. After eight weeks of nutritional rehabilitation, a normal WHZ of −1.41 was obtained. These children recovered more than those in a similar study performed in 2006 with the old formula of Misola. This study shows that malnutrition remains a public health problem in Burkina Faso. It should be necessary that public health services and the epidemiologists work in synergy with nutritionists and “nutrigenetics” in order to combat malnutrition efficiently.