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International Journal of Innovation and Scientific Research
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Nutritional status of a cohort of children aged 6 to 59 months in the health district of Mvog beti in Yaounde, Cameroon


Volume 49, Issue 2, July 2020, Pages 223–229

 Nutritional status of a cohort of children aged 6 to 59 months in the health district of Mvog beti in Yaounde, Cameroon

Marianne Patricia Ntsama, Julie Judith T. Tsafack, Véronique Essa'a, and Gabriel Nama Medoua

Original language: English

Received 14 May 2020

Copyright © 2020 ISSR Journals. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract


Background: The nutritional status of children as well as the associated factors vary according to time, region, and the environment of residence (rural or urban). Limited information is available on the risk factors associated with preschool child undernutrition in Cameroon. Therefore, this study evaluate the nutritional status of children aged 6 to 59 months living in Mvog beti health district, Centre region of Cameroon.Methods: This was a cross-sectional study that collected anthropometric and socio-demographic characteristics data in 102 children aged 6 - 59 months. Weight-for-Height z-score, weight-for-Age z-score and height-for-Age z-score were based on WHO’s Child Growth Standards. The association between undernutrition and associated factors was determined using logistic regression analysis.Results: Of the 106 children aged 6-59 months observed, 12.3%, 8.5% and 18.9% were respectively stunted, underweight and wasted. Low birth’s weight was the main factor associated with underweight. None of the selected variables were significantly associated with stunting. Father’s age and mother’s employment were significantly associated with wasting.Conclusion: Despite a relatively good food self-sufficiency situation, undernutrition is prevalent among pre-school age children in Mvog beti health district at prevalence above the national prevalence for wasting. Socio-demographic factors were associated with the different types of undernutrition.

Author Keywords: Undernutrition, pre-school Children, risk factors, Centre Cameroon.


How to Cite this Article


Marianne Patricia Ntsama, Julie Judith T. Tsafack, Véronique Essa'a, and Gabriel Nama Medoua, “Nutritional status of a cohort of children aged 6 to 59 months in the health district of Mvog beti in Yaounde, Cameroon,” International Journal of Innovation and Scientific Research, vol. 49, no. 2, pp. 223–229, July 2020.