COMMUNITY NUTRITION PROBLEM DIAGNOSIS AND OUTREACH 2014 - VIHIGA COUNTY
Start Time: 
Thu, 2014-04-24 (All day)
End Time: 
Mon, 2014-04-28 (All day)
Location: 
Vihiga County, SabatiaSub-County, Chavakali Division
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The purpose of the field work is to enable the students to assess the Community’s Nutrition and Food Safety Problems. While the students attain practical skills through experiential learning with the community, the communities benefit tremendously from the objective feedback provided during the Community Baraza, Nutrition Education, Food Safety Education, and under-fives de-worming exercise. This programme is conducted by our Students in our Masters Programmes; MSc Applied Human Nutrition and MScFood Safety and Quality.

 

This year’s Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Technology Community Outreach Programme was in Vihiga County, SabatiaSub-County, ChavakaliDivision from 24th to 28th April 2014.The funding for the outreach was in the tune of KES 500,000 and involved 18 Masters students (2013/2014 year I)  and 7 members of staff; Mr.DaselKaindi (Nutritionist), Mr.Peter Lamuka (Food Safety Expert), Ms.Jane Njenga (Nutritionist), Mr. Justus Turgut (Medical Technician), Mr. Joseph Mugo (Statistics Technician), Mathew Ruto (Driver) and Mr.BenardOgaga (Driver).We also worked closely with Community Health Workers to bolster the referral of severely undernourished children.

 

A hundred and fifty households were randomly selected and recruited for the study.After successful community entry,households’survey was done for three days to determine households’ Food Safety and Nutrition Information and assessment of under-fives nutritional status. Anemia status and parasitic infestation of the childrenwas also determined. Focus Group Discussion with mothers with children below 59 months helped to bring out the hidden societal issues related to upbringing of health children. A market survey of the food commodities available and the prices was also conducted.These events were coupled with prompt data entry and statistical analysis by the end of the 4th Day. During the entire week, the community were sensitized on the Community Baraza held on the 28th April at 2.00- 4.00pm to deliver the key findings to the community. The main findings were that the region had 29% stunted children in an area that has high agricultural potential and 25% of households were food insecure.

 

The CommunityBarazaattended by over 300 mothers and their children and other community membersto mark the end of the exercise was graced by Mr.Mwangala, the Sub-County Commission, and security team, County Health officers and religious organizations.  Students disseminated findings with key nutritional messages. Five hundred (500) doses of De-wormers were issued to children at the end of Baraza.

 

Contact Person: 
Mr Dasel M Kaindi
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