Food Hygiene

Food safety education through change agents to reduce diarrheal morbidities in young children in India

Sheth M, Parnami S and Arora S. Food safety education through change agents to reduce diarrhoeal morbidities in young childre 3 months – 3 years of age residing in urban slum of Baroda, India, Asian Journal of Home Science, June and December 2007, Volume 2 (1 and 2):6-10

ABSTRACT The objective of the study was to see the efficacy of the change agents selected from thecommunity, in imparting Food Safety Education (FSE) to the mothers of children aged 6months – 3years and bring about the reduction in the incidence of Diarrhoea. For the studyfive change agents wne trained in five sessions to impart FSE to SO mothers of youngchildren. The post intervention survey revealed that S6% of the mothers were impartededucation and to others leaflets and calendars were distributed bearing food safety messages.Based on this, mothers were divided into totally educated (group-I) and partially educated(group -II). FSE intervention through change agents brought about 3S.7%(group-l) and31.8% (group II) reduction in the prevalence of Diarrhoea. Many mothers had improvedpersonal hygiene scores (42%). Most mothers could relate etiology of Diarrhoea to microbes(P<O.OS). Also 42.8% of the mothers became particular about washing their hands prior tocooking and feeding their child. After FSEI group I mothers were able to associateenvironmental sanitation with child’s health (P<O.OS). Improvements were seen in the knowledgeofthe most group I mothers with respect to preparing Oral Re-hydration Solutions (ORS) andfoods to be fed during Diarrhoea (P<O.OS). A reduction in the total plate count, S. aureus andenterococci was seen in the hand rinse samples of mothers and children after FSEI. Face toface contact with mothers brought remarkable changes in existing KAP, whereas onlydistribution of any education material made little differences.


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