Funding for this research was provided by:
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (81024052 (project 7F-08511.01))
Received: 25 January 2019
Accepted: 2 December 2019
First Online: 3 February 2020
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: Ethical approval was obtained from the “Ethikkommission Nordwest- und Zentralschweiz” (EKNZ) in Switzerland (reference number UBE-15/02; approval date: January 12, 2015), the institutional review board of Kathmandu University, School of Medical Sciences, Dhulikhel Hospital, Nepal (reference no. 86/14; approval date: August 24, 2014) and the institutional review board, Nepal Health Research Council (reference no 565; approval date: November 11, 2014). The study is registered at International Standard Randomised Controlled Trial Number register (identifier: ISRCTN 30840; date assigned: July 17, 2015). Participants (children and their parents/caregivers) provided written informed consent, with the opportunity to “opt-out” of the study at any time without further obligation.
: Not applicable.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests. There are two members of the editorial board of this journal listed in the authorship.