Article

An assessment of the integrated nutrition programme for malnourished children aged six months to five years at primary healthcare facilities in Mangaung, Free State, South Africa

Published in: South African Family Practice
Volume 59, issue 6, 2017, pages: 214–218
DOI: 10.1080/20786190.2017.1340252
Author(s): Hanneke BritsFaculty of Health Sciences, Department of Family Medicine, South Africa, Gina JoubertFaculty of Health Sciences, Department of Biostatistics, South Africa, Keshia EymanFaculty of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, South Africa, Rosie De VinkFaculty of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, South Africa, Katleho LesaoanaFaculty of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, South Africa, Sello MakhethaFaculty of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, South Africa, Katiso MoeketsiFaculty of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, South Africa

Abstract

Background: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), malnutrition can be linked to 45% of deaths in children under the age of five years. The Integrated Nutrition Programme (INP) was introduced in 1994 to address malnutrition in South Africa. There had been no systematic evaluation of how well clinics perform regarding nutritional services. Malnutrition rates worsened in the Free State from 3.9% in 2009 to 10.7% in 2013. This study aimed to assess the effectiveness of the INP Supplementary Feeding Programme in primary healthcare facilities in the Mangaung University of the Free State Community Partnership Project, known as MUCPP, catchment area of Bloemfontein, Free State, in children aged six months to five years.

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