Knowledge of Parents of a Back-ward Community Regarding Malnutrition in Children

Authors

  • C P Mishra Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
  • D C S Reddy Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
  • l C Tiwari Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
  • K P Shukla Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Abstract

Protein energy malnutrition (PEM) ia children has been considered as the most important problem in the field of preventive medicine particularly so in the developing countries (WHO, 1974). Vari­ous crash activities and nutrition program­mes in our country could not bring an appreciable change in the over-all magni­tude of the problem (ICSSR and ICMR, 1981). In order to have sustained improve­ment, parents education holds great promise Information education and com­munication (IEC) is emerging as an impor­tant tool in the delivery of Primary Health Care (PHC) as well as nutrition related services. For proper application of this tool it is imperative to have basal knowle­dge of parents regarding identification, causes and preventability of important nutritional disorders. The specific objec­tives of the present study were to explore-

(a)The ability of parents to recog­nise marasmus, kwashiorkor, vitamin A and vitamin B deficinc es with photograph of these disorders and also on description.

(b)Knowledge of parents regarding causes of marasmus, kwashiorkor, vitamin A and B complex deficien­cies.

(c)Knowledge of parents regarding prevention of malnutrition dis­orders.

The important facets and concepts of a backward community of Banda District, Uttar Pradesh as revealed by the present study may be of immense help in planning a ‘Nutrition Education pro­gramme’.

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Author Biographies

C P Mishra, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

M.O.H, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine

D C S Reddy, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Reader, Department of Preventive and Socail Medicine

l C Tiwari, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Professor, Department of Preventive and Sociall Medicine

K P Shukla, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Reader, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine

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Published

1987-04-30

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Mishra CP, Reddy DCS, Tiwari l C, Shukla KP. Knowledge of Parents of a Back-ward Community Regarding Malnutrition in Children. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 1987 Apr. 30 [cited 2024 Jun. 24];3(1):3-8. Available from: https://iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/2

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