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Assessing the Nutritional Status of Primary School Children in Wakiso District Uganda

Frye, Kristin (2013) Assessing the Nutritional Status of Primary School Children in Wakiso District Uganda. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Malnutrition is a quiet pandemic affecting millions of people throughout the world. It has high Public Health significance because of the sheer number of people affected by malnutrition, the fact that vulnerable populations disproportionately suffer the effects of malnutrition, and because these effects are severe, long lasting, and cumulative. Also, malnutrition exacerbates the cycle of poverty inherent in most under-developed countries. This essay designs a community health assessment, which focuses on school-aged children (ages 5-14) in Wakiso District Uganda. The proposed assessment focuses on the first four stages of the PRECEDE-PROCEED model to determine the community’s views about childhood malnutrition, barriers preventing proper nutrition, and the potential modifiable factors related to malnutrition in Wakiso District Uganda. It recommends a social assessment of the target community utilizing surveys, an epidemiological assessment analyzing anthropomorphic measures of malnutrition indicators, and an ecological assessment incorporating Photo voice methodology. The assessment is designed to determine the issues present in the community related to access, availability and utilization of food because modifying these factors through an intervention has the potential to greatly influence the malnutrition of a specific population, according to the UNICEF Model of the Causes of Malnutrition. To achieve these goals, this essay examines the current available literature on the topic of malnutrition, malnutrition assessment, and qualitative and quantitative measures of malnutrition. A gap exists in the literature with regards to the prevalence of malnutrition among school-age children. This essay’s proposed community health assessment for the primary school children of Wakiso District Uganda (ages 5-14) can help to fill that gap.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Frye, Kristin
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBurke, Jessicajgburke@pitt.eduJGBURKEUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberKeane, Christophercrkcity@pitt.eduCRKCITYUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberPicard, Louis A.picard@pitt.eduPICARDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 17 April 2013
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs > Public and International Affairs
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: No
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2013 20:44
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2023 11:56


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