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|Title: ||Impact of nutrition education intervention on nutritional status of undernourished children (6-24 months) in East Mamprusi district of Ghana|
|Authors: ||Awuuh, Vincent Adocta|
Appiah, Collins Afriyie
Mensah, Faustina O.
Children “6-24 months
|Issue Date: ||2018|
|Publisher: ||Emerald Publishing Limited|
|Abstract: ||Purpose – This study aims to determine the impact of nutrition education intervention on nutritional status
of undernourished children aged 6-24 months in the East Mamprusi district of Ghana.
Design/methodology/approach – This was a pre-post interventional study. In all, 153 undernourished
children of age 6-24 months and their mothers were recruited from five communities. Underweight, stunting,
wasting, mid upper arm circumference (MUAC) and haemoglobin (Hb) levels were determined at baseline and
after intervention. Nutrition education was given to the mothers for three months based on the nutrition
problems identified at baseline assessment.
Findings – There were improvements in underweight, wasting, MUAC and Hb levels among the children
after the nutrition education intervention. The level of improvement at post-intervention differed significantly
for underweight ( 2.4 6 0.4, 2.2 6 0.4; p = 0. 001), wasting ( 2.2 6 0.6, 1.9 6 0.6; p = 0. 001), MUAC
(12.3 6 0.5, 12.9 6 0.6; p = 0. 001) and Hb level (10.0 6 1.4, 10.5 6 1.4; p = 0. 001) of the children compared to
pre-intervention ( 1.461.8, 1.361.7; p = 0.314).
Practical implications – There was significant improvement in the nutritional status of the
undernourished children after the nutrition education intervention. Community nutritionists and stakeholders
involved in nutrition and health issues concerning infants and young children should consider nutrition
education, as it could be an inexpensive and effective strategy in combating childhood undernutrition in
Originality/value – Findings of this study provide evidence, suggesting nutrition education as a potential
strategy to curb the high rates of child undernutrition in resource-poor communities in Ghana.|
|Description: ||An article published by Emerald Publishing Limited and also available at DOI 10.1108/NFS-05-2018-0134|
|Appears in Collections:||College of Science|
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