Funding for this research was provided by:
The Wellcome Trust DBT India Alliance (IA/CPHI/16/1/502639)
Received: 4 February 2019
Accepted: 13 May 2019
First Online: 15 July 2019
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: The study protocol along with the study tools has been approved by the Institutional Ethics Committee (IEC) at Indian Institute of Public Health-Delhi, Public Health Foundation of India and All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. The study is conducted by IIPH-Delhi team in rural Jharkhand and the approval is valid for the study site. Written consents at the cluster level as well as at individual level would be taken by the field investigators. In case the study participant is illiterate, verbal witnessed consent would be taken. The minimum age of adult member who would respond to the household survey will be 18 years. However, in the reproductive age group women on whom we would administer 24 h dietary recalls, take anthropometric measurements and do biochemical assessments, we may expect the women between the age of 15–49 years. In case, a woman is 18 years or above in this group, we will take consent. In case, the age of the woman in the reproductive age group is less than 18, we will take assent from the participant and consent from the parent or guardian. For children (6 months to 5 years) consent from parent or guardian will be taken.All the consent taking modalities and consent forms have been approved by the IECs. Name, address, age of the family members in the study households will be collected for record purposes. Household and its members will be given a unique study identification code. All the identifiable information will be delinked from the database at the time of analysis and dissemination of results.The core team will have access and link for identifying the unique study identification code to identify the participants. All data will be saved in password protected computers. The blood report and anthropometric assessments will be shared with respective study participants.
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