Food Hygiene

Interventions for the control of diarrhoeal diseases among young children: weaning education

Ashworth, A.Feachem, R.C.Interventions for the control of diarrhoeal diseases among young children: weaning education

Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Volume 63, Issue 6, 1985, Pages 1115-1127

 

A review of data from 12 developing countries suggests that it is possible, even in poor communities, to improve substantially the nutritional status of infants and young children by weaning education. Face-to-face communication by locally recruited workers, reinforced by radio and other mass media, may be the most effective channels for weaning education. It is estimated that, through its effect on nutritional status, weaning education may reduce the diarrhoea mortality rate among children under 5 years of age by 2-12%. The possible impact of weaning education on food hygiene and on feeding during and after diarrhoeal illness are not considered in this paper. Preliminary estimates of cost-effectiveness suggest that weaning education may be an economically attractive intervention for reducing diarrhoea mortality in some countries. Several important aspects of weaning education and its relation to diarrhoea need to be clarified by research.

A review of data from 12 developing countries suggests that it is possible, even in poor communities, to improve substantially the nutritional status of infants and young children by weaning education. Face-to-face communication by locally recruited workers, reinforced by radio and other mass media, may be the most effective channels for weaning education. It is estimated that, through its effect on nutritional status, weaning education may reduce the diarrhea mortality rate among children under 5 years of age by 2-12%. The possible impacts of weaning education on food hygiene and on feeding during and after diarrheal illness are not considered in this paper. Preliminary estimates of cost-effectiveness suggest that weaning education may be an economically attractive intervention for reducing diarrhea mortality in some countries. Several important aspects of weaning education and its relation to diarrhea need to be clarified by research. (author’s)



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