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An investigation on factors associated with malnutrition among underfive children in Nakaseke and Nakasongola districts, Uganda

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Title
An investigation on factors associated with malnutrition among underfive children in Nakaseke and Nakasongola districts, Uganda
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BMC Pediatrics, September 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12887-015-0448-y
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Gilbert Habaasa

Abstract

Malnutrition is one of the major causes of mortality and morbidity among under-five children in Sub Saharan Africa. To understand the factors associated with malnutrition among under-five children, a study was conducted in Nakaseke and Nakasongola districts of Uganda. Cross sectional secondary data of 104 underfive children in Nakaseke and Nakasongola districts was used. Epi Info programme-Nutrition module and Stata statistical softwares were used in analyses. Descriptive statistics, cross tabulations and binary logistic regression results were generated. Stunting was found to be the most malnutrition condition with the highest prevalence (38.5 %) in the two districts followed by wasting (16.5 %) and underweight (13.5 %) respectively. Results also showed that children aged 39-59 months were less likely to be underweight than those aged below twelve months. Children of peasant farmers were more likely to be stunted than their counterparts with mothers in pastoralist's family. No significant factors were found to be associated with wasting among the underfive children in the two districts although the prevalence was slightly higher than that of child underweight. The study is essential in pointing out the particular age-groups among underfive children as well as the maternal occupations that may be factors associated with malnutrition in the districts of Nakaseke and Nakasongola. The author recommends exclusive breast feeding and proper complementary feeding especially among children under three years. Furthermore, special arrangement could be put in place to have children of mothers engaged in cultivation brought to them regularly for breastfeeding.

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Country Count As %
Ethiopia 1 <1%
Italy 1 <1%
Argentina 1 <1%
Unknown 274 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 83 30%
Student > Bachelor 51 18%
Researcher 21 8%
Student > Postgraduate 19 7%
Student > Ph. D. Student 12 4%
Other 33 12%
Unknown 58 21%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 77 28%
Medicine and Dentistry 73 26%
Social Sciences 23 8%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 15 5%
Environmental Science 5 2%
Other 19 7%
Unknown 65 23%

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