About the Authors

Marko Kerac

marko.kerac@gmail.com

Affiliations Valid International, Oxford, United Kingdom, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, College of Medicine, Blantyre, Malawi, Institute for Global Health, University College London, London, United Kingdom, Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre, University College London, London, United Kingdom

James Bunn

Affiliations Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, College of Medicine, Blantyre, Malawi, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, United Kingdom

George Chagaluka

Affiliation Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, College of Medicine, Blantyre, Malawi

Paluku Bahwere

Affiliations Valid International, Oxford, United Kingdom, Centre of Research in Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Clinical Research, Free University of Brussels, Brussels, Belgium

Andrew Tomkins

Affiliation Institute for Global Health, University College London, London, United Kingdom

Steve Collins

Affiliation Valid International, Oxford, United Kingdom

Andrew Seal

Affiliation Institute for Global Health, University College London, London, United Kingdom

Competing Interests

Valid International (PB - current; SC - current; MK 2005-2008) provides consultancy services on the rollout of Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition. All other authors have declared that no competing interests exist. At the time of the study, PB and MK (part time, till 2008 only) were employees of Valid International. SC is the unpaid director of Valid Nutrition. Valid International is the sister company of Valid Nutrition that promotes the development and promotion of RUTF. This does not alter our adherence to all the PLoS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: MK JB GC. Performed the experiments: MK JB GC. Analyzed the data: MK JB AS. Wrote the paper: MK JB GC PB SC AT AS. Substantial contribution to interpretation of data: MK JB GC PB SC AT AS. Revised the article critically for important intellectual content: MK JB GC PB SC AT AS. Final approval of the version to be published: MK JB GC PB SC AT AS.