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School feeding program has resulted in improved dietary diversity, nutritional status and class attendance of school children

Overview of attention for article published in Italian Journal of Pediatrics, January 2018
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Title
School feeding program has resulted in improved dietary diversity, nutritional status and class attendance of school children
Published in
Italian Journal of Pediatrics, January 2018
DOI 10.1186/s13052-018-0449-1
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Authors

Mastewal Zenebe, Samson Gebremedhin, Carol J. Henry, Nigatu Regassa

Abstract

School Feeding Program (SFP) is a targeted safety net program designed to provide educational and health benefits to vulnerable children. However, limited evidence exists regarding the effect of the intervention on the nutritional status and school attendance of children. The study is aimed at examining the effects of SFP on dietary diversity, nutritional status and class attendance of school children in Boricha district, Southern Ethiopia. The study was conducted based on a representative data collected from 290 students drawn from the district. A school-based comparative cross-sectional study was conducted on school children aged 10-14 years. Data were collected using structured pretested questionnaire. The effects of SFP on dietary diversity score (DDS), class attendance rate, body-mass-index for age (BAZ) and height-for-age (HAZ) Z-scores were assessed using multivariable linear regression model. The finding showed significantly higher mean (±SD) of DDS in SFP beneficiaries (5.8 ± 1.1) than the non-beneficiaries (3.5 ± 0.7) (P < 0.001). BAZ and HAZ of the beneficiaries were also higher than their counterparts, which were (0.07 ± 0.93), (- 0.50 ± 0.86) and (- 1.45 ± 1.38), (- 2.17 ± 1.15) respectively (P < 0.001). The mean (±SD) days of absence from school for non-beneficiaries (2.6 ± 1.6) was significantly higher than that of the beneficiaries (1.3 ± 1.7) (P < 0.05). Given the positive effects of the program in improving the DDS, nutritional status, and class attendance of school children, we strongly recommend scaling up the program to other food insecure areas.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 223 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 51 23%
Student > Ph. D. Student 16 7%
Student > Postgraduate 15 7%
Student > Bachelor 14 6%
Researcher 13 6%
Other 35 16%
Unknown 79 35%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 42 19%
Medicine and Dentistry 32 14%
Social Sciences 18 8%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 13 6%
Business, Management and Accounting 9 4%
Other 30 13%
Unknown 79 35%

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#7,304,674
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#167
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Outputs of similar age from Italian Journal of Pediatrics
#2
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