What is our goal?
The CHAIN Network aims to identify the biological mechanisms and the socio-economic factors that determine a child’s risk of mortality in the six months following presentation to medical care with an acute illness. Ultimately, The CHAIN Network aims to improve care for acutely ill children living in countries with limited resources and prevent both in-hospital and post-discharge mortality. To do this, the progress of acutely ill children across a range of nutritional status will be tracked throughout their hospital stay and for 6 months after returning to their home and communities. This research will guide the choice of strategies to be taken forth into clinical trials to reduce mortality in this highly vulnerable population.