Community Outreach and Training Programme in Kibwezi
Start Time: 
Sun, 2013-04-07 (All day)
End Time: 
Fri, 2013-04-12 (All day)
Location: 
Kibwezi
 
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Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Technology participates in Community Outreach and Training Programme in Kibwezi
This year DFSNT Community Outreach and Training Programme was conducted on the 7th to 12th April 2013 in Kikumbulyu Location in Kibwezi District. The events involved a community survey which determined the nutrition and food safety problems in the area. Piloting for this exercise was carried out in Ndeiya in Kikuyu.
 
The main objective of the survey was to:
1. Course work for the students: Community Nutrition Problem diagnosis
2. To determine the demographic characteristics of households,
3. To assess household food safety, food security and livelihoods  as well as dietary intake of  the children
4. To assess the morbidities, nutritional status, immunization coverage, supplementation, worm infestation, haemoglobin iron status of children aged 6 to 59 months.
5. Referral of malnourished and sick children
6. Deworming of children
7. Community education and dissemination of survey findings through a Chief’s Baraza
 
Outcomes:
- During the survey 158 households were visited.
- Preliminary results of survey: 
  • 47% of households were farmers while 27% were casual labourers
  • 60% of households bought food from the market while 3% depended on food aid.
  • 9% of households lacked toilet facilities and hence shared with their neighbours.
  • 1 out of 10 children had worm infestation.
  • 3% of the mothers exclusively breastfed their children.
  • Global Acute Malnutrition was 3%, moderate stunted children were 48% while prevalence of Iron Deficiency Anaemia was 33%.
- 400 children below 5 years were dewormed
- Final report of the findings will be submitted to the area of study as part of feedback.
 
Acknowledgements:
First, we wish to thank University of Nairobi Administration for facilitating this activity and more so Dr. Alice M. Mwangi (Head of Applied Nutrition Programme) and Prof. Wambui Kogi-Makau (Chairperson DFSNT). We also express our gratidute to Kibweizi District Commission (Mr. Yator), Deputy District Commissioner (Ms. Julie), Kikumbulyu Location Chief (Mr. Francis Yumya), District Nutrition Officer (Mr, Mwanzia) and District Medical Officer (Mr. Mbithi) who approved the exercise and graced the baraza on 12th April 2013 either in person or by representation. We are also grateful for the support and hospitality of the community and Kibwezi Field Station for the warm accommodation. We thank Cheif of Ndeiya Location (Mr. Evans) for helping us with the pretesting of data collection tools.
 
Participants:
Msc Applied Human Nutrition Students 2012/2013:
Nginya Evangeline Wangari; Kamunya Dorcas Wangechi; Toroitich Evans Kosgei; Kihara Christine Wangui;  Ogallo Isaac ; Kihara Rose; Kirui Erick;  Langat Pius; Njoroge Chrstine; Onsase Sarah; Gacheru James; Obulutsa Joyce
 
MSc Food Safety and Quality Students 2012/2013:
Joy Makori
 
Post-Graduate Diploma student 2012/2013:
Mwathi
 
Members of staff:
Mr. Peter O. Lamuka; Mrs Angela A. Andago; Mr Dasel Mulwa Kaindi; Mr. Justus Turgut; Mr. Joseph Mugo: Mr. Mathew Ruto; Mr. Njagi
 
Budget: KeS 564,000