Malnutrition among Infant Children in Mygoma Orphanage Centre, Khartoum, SudanJournal: International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR) (Vol.3, No. 5)
Publication Date: 2014-05-15
Authors : Abdelsafi A Gabbad; Neimat A El Hassain;
Page : 198-200
Keywords : malnutrition; abandoned; orphanage; prevalence; Sudan;
A study was conducted on Malnutrition among Infant Children in Mygoma Orphanage Centre, Khartoum, Sudan. The objectives of the study were to measure the prevalence of malnutrition and to identify the relationship between some factors and malnutrition. Anthropometric measurements were conducted on all the children (182) in the centre. The prevalence of malnutrition was 37.4%. Severe malnutrition was found in 12(17.7%) of malnourished children, moderate malnourished were 26(38.2%) and mild malnourished were 30(44.1%). Malnutrition was associated with age (p value=0.001) and place of birth (odds ratio=5.1, 95% confidence interval=2.4-10.9). Age of child and presence of diarrhoea were associated with malnutrition. The role of mother and family in nutritional status needs to be more investigated.
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