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Determinants of under nutrition among under-2 children : what haven't yet addressed in context of rural Bangladesh?

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Abstract: Undernutrition among the children less than 2 years is one of the major public health problems in Bangladesh. The National Nutrition Program of the Health and Population Sector wide program in Bangladesh ahs been implementing several nutrition interventions for under 2 children and their mother addressing this problem. But still Bangladesh is categorized as high prevalence country compared to the global context. To design effective intervention program it is essential to recognize the determinants in individual social context. Therefore, the paper aims to identify the contextual factors of undernutrition among under-2 children in rural Bangladesh. After recognizing the determinants the paper explored whether these were addressed adequately by NNP program. The main objective of the paper was to provide recommendation for national nutrition program to improve the country situation. The paper identified that the causes of undernutrition in context of rural Bangladesh is multifactorial including mother’s antenatal care and low education, diarrhoea of the children, inappropriate feeding practice for the children, food insecurity, poverty etc. It was found that most of the determinants were addressed by NNP but the coverage of the program is too low (about 22% of the population) to achieve improvement at national level. The paper recognizes that NNP services need to be integrated into the primary health care program to ensure the basic nutrition services for all children and their mother. The paper also recognizes that a multi-sectoral collaboration with different sectors of the Govt and stakeholders is essential to implement the intervention activities at large scale.
Authors: Chakraborty, B.
Country: Bangladesh
Category: Research
Department: Development Policy & Practice
Institute: KIT (Royal Tropical Institute)
Keywords: nutrition , children , health services
Language: eng
Organization: KIT - Royal Tropical Institute
PAGE: ix, 55
Year: 2009
Region: South Asia
Right: © 2009 Chakraborty
Subject: Health and Nutrition
Title: Determinants of under nutrition among under-2 children : what haven't yet addressed in context of rural Bangladesh?
Training: Master of Public Health / International Course in Health Development (ICHD)