Child Feeding Practice and Perception of Mothers/Caregivers on Nutrition Therapy Programme in Three Counties of Lakes State South Sudan

Ebenezer O. Daniel
2017 Texila international journal of public health  
The food supplement feeding practice and the overall perception of mothers/caregivers about the nutrition therapy programmes in the associated humanitarian interventions, for the under-five children play important role in achieving the maximum success in such laudable programmes. A cross sectional survey study was carried out on the mothers/caregivers in three counties-Cueibet, Yirol West and Rumbek North. Data was collected through structured questionnaire containing questions on the
more » ... ns on the mothers'/caregivers' feeding practice of the supplementary foods, and their perception on the nutrition therapy programme. Data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Statistical level of significance was set at P-value <0.05. The results showed that more than 90% of mothers/caregivers in Cueibet and Yirol West counties have varying degrees of poor feeding practices and perceptions about the nutrition therapy programme, while in Rumbek North county, over 50% of the mothers/caregivers have good feeding practices but more than 50% of them also have varying degrees of poor perception about the nutrition therapy programme. Chisquare test revealed significant association between the marital status and feeding practice of the mothers/caregivers in the three counties, and a significant association between their level of education and perception on the nutrition therapy programme. Suggestions for improvement among others include; intensive nutritional health education of mothers/caregivers on good feeding practice of the food supplements, increased community awareness programme on nutrition therapy, and periodical conduct of field monitoring visits to the programme sites.
doi:10.21522/tijph.2013.05.04.art060 fatcat:bomluwvxk5b6jobk6pdjaxmnou