The Roquette Foundation supports the MALIN program and its interventional study which studies the efficiency of the program. 


The MALIN program, initiated in 2012, develops practical, simple solutions, adapted to the budgetary constraints and daily life of families, by accompanying them on this key issue of parenthood. To identify the best solutions, the association works in cooperation with public authorities, associations, learned societies of pediatrics, researchers, professionals in the field, concerned families and companies.


After the creation of the MALIN program in 2012, an interventional study was implemented with two objectives: evaluating the effectiveness of the MALIN program and measuring the nutritional situation of babies in vulnerable social situation.

The ECAIL study (= Etude Clinique Alimentation InfantiLe: Clincal Study for Infant Food) is a randomized controlled trial that aims to test the hypothesis that nutritional support accompanied by easier access to foods adapted to infant and family nutrition, can improve the nutrition and growth of young children. Conducted among 700 pregnant women in socially vulnerable situations, the study takes place from the third trimester of pregnancy until the child’s second birthday, with personalized support from a dietician.

This is a multi-partner study conducted by the Croix-Rouge Française (project leader), INSERM U1153 – EAROH (Early Aging Research on Health) team (scientific leader), the learned societies of pediatrics (SFP, AFPA), the Lille University Hospital (main investigating center), and the MALIN Program (coordinator).

Quantitative and qualitative data are collected and analyzed to meet the scientific objectives of the study.

Ultimately, the ECAIL study will make it possible to propose elements of optimization within the framework of the generalization of the MALIN program in the whole French territory, while bringing new knowledge about the social determinants and the mechanisms involved in the health behaviors of families in a situation of social vulnerability.

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