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Food supplementation, nutritional intake of recipients and operational aspects: an integrated pilot nutrition initiative of BRAC.
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PMID:  16923286     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To explore the nutritional quality of supplementary foods and additional energy consumption by the recipients in a pilot nutrition initiative of BRAC. DESIGN: In-depth interviews, observations during feeding at feeding centres, and laboratory analyses of supplementary foods for nutrient contents performed at the Institute of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. SETTING: Muktagacha thana (sub-district) in Mymensingh district, a rural area of Bangladesh. SUBJECTS: Pregnant and lactating mothers and children below 2 years of age. RESULTS: Analysis revealed that supplementary food, if taken completely, could provide daily energy equivalent to 752 kcal to a mother and 212 kcal to a child below 2 years of age. Mothers consumed about 75% of the food provided (approximately 564 kcal day(-1)). The food was shared mostly with young children and husbands. In-depth interview with mothers also suggested that they usually skipped breakfast if the food was given in the morning. The children liked the taste of food, and unless the child was sick or had some food before coming to the centre, she/he ate all the food provided. Although the main purpose of the project was to provide nutrition education, it was observed that activities at feeding centres were limited to food distribution with little time devoted to the communication of nutritional messages. CONCLUSIONS: Training should be given to service providers to communicate nutritional messages effectively as part of understanding the goal of the initiative. It is important to explore whether the regular diets of the recipients are replaced by the food supplementation or not.
Masuma Novak
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Public health nutrition     Volume:  9     ISSN:  1368-9800     ISO Abbreviation:  Public Health Nutr     Publication Date:  2006 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-08-22     Completed Date:  2006-12-05     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9808463     Medline TA:  Public Health Nutr     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  557-62     Citation Subset:  IM    
Family Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Umeå University, SE-901 85 Umeå, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Dietary Supplements / standards*
Energy Intake / physiology*
Food Analysis
Health Education / organization & administration*
Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
Infant, Newborn
Maternal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
Nutritive Value
Pilot Projects
Prenatal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*

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