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Dietary considerations in designing nutrition intervention programmes in rural areas of Kenya.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7498027     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A comparative study was carried out in three localities in Kenya: Kwale, Mbooni and Lwak in an attempt to identify dietary factors important in designing community based nutrition interventions. The data indicate geographical differences in age at weaning, reasons for termination of breastfeeding, the variety in the diets consumed and the nutrient intake adequacy. However, there was no difference in the duration in breastfeeding and, for children above 6 months (a period when weaning is recommended) rarely was there any food termed as "baby food" but children consumed bits and portions of the family food. In all the localities, there was no statistical difference between households with malnourished children and those without in most of the factors. Households with children admitted in the nutritional rehabilitation centres in the localities were, however, different in most of the characteristics examined. It is concluded that dietary interventions should be targeted to households and not children, mothers' care and nutrition are of paramount importance if the nutrition condition of their children is to be improved and, planning of nutritional interventions should be specific to the districts.
R K Mwadime; J W Muita; A M Omwega; K Havemann
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  East African medical journal     Volume:  72     ISSN:  0012-835X     ISO Abbreviation:  East Afr Med J     Publication Date:  1995 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-01-18     Completed Date:  1996-01-18     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372766     Medline TA:  East Afr Med J     Country:  KENYA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  442-8     Citation Subset:  IM; J    
Department of Food Technology and Nutrition, University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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MeSH Terms
Breast Feeding
Case-Control Studies
Child Nutrition Disorders / diet therapy*
Child, Preschool
Diet Surveys
Food Habits*
Mothers / education
Rural Health*

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