Mehretu Belayneh

Title:    Seasonality and spatial distribution of malnutrition and treatment outcome of acute malnutrition among children aged 6-59 months in Boricha, Southern Ethiopia 2016-2018.

Project summary:   Sidama in South Ethiopia is a densely populated area that has experienced repeated droughts and food insecurity. Recently, the government decentralised the management of severe malnutrition to community health workers and health centres. Using community-based observational study design, the main aim of this study is to assess the seasonality and spatial distribution of malnutrition, and evaluate treatment outcome of acute malnutrition among children aged 6-59 months. The specific objectives are 1/ To measure the seasonality and spatial distribution of malnutrition 2/ To measure the treatment outcome of children with severe and moderate acute malnutrition 3/ To evaluate the long-term treatment outcomes of children with severe malnutrition after discharge from health institutions. This study will generate knowledge that will help to improve the management of severe malnutrition not only in Sidama, but also in other parts of Ethiopia.

General Objective

To assess the seasonality and spatial distribution of malnutrition and treatment outcome of acute malnutrition among children aged 6-59 months in Boricha, Southern Ethiopia

Specific Objectives:

  • To measure the seasonality of malnutrition among young children in Boricha woreda, SNNPR
  • To measure the treatment outcome of children with severe acute malnutrition admitted to health institutions
  • To measure the treatment outcome of children with moderate acute malnutrition admitted to health institution
  • To evaluate the long-term treatment outcomes of children with moderate and severe acute malnutrition after discharge from treating health institutions
  • To identify spatial distribution of malnutrition among Boricha woreda, SNNPRs

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