Nutrition status of children in Kasese district at the Uganda – Congo border

  • Tumwine J
  • Obala A
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Abstract

Objective : To establish the magnitude and risk factors for malnutrition in Kasese district at the Uganda-Congo border.

Design : Cross sectional nutrition survey.

Methods: Thirty clusters were selected. The height, weight, and mid upper arm circumference of at least 31 children per cluster were measured. Data on food frequency, prevalence of cough, fever and diarrhoea was also collected.

Results : Half of the 932 children (49.8%) were stunted, and 21.9% were severely stunted. While 17.4% of the children were under weight, 1.29% were wasted and 3.7% had MUAC

Conclusion : Attention to education, poverty alleviation, appropriate feeding practices, prevention and treatment of infections might assist in combating malnutrition in this district.

(East African Medical Journal: 2002 79(8): 427-434)

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  • J. K. Tumwine

  • a. a. Obala

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