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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429645/homestead-food-production-and-maternal-and-child-dietary-diversity-in-nepal-variations-in-association-by-season-and-agroecological-zone
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Bishnu Dulal, Gary Mundy, Rojee Sawal, Pooja Pandey Rana, Kenda Cunningham
BACKGROUND: Suaahara, a large-scale integrated program, aimed to improve diets and nutritional status among women and children, in part by facilitating enhanced homestead food production (EHFP). OBJECTIVE: This study examines associations between EHFP and maternal and child dietary diversity and variations by season and agroecological zone (AEZ): mountains and terai. METHODS: We used data from household monitoring surveys (n = 2101 mothers; n = 994 children, 6-23 months), which included a 7-day dietary recall and maternal report on participation in 5 EHFP activities-received vegetable seeds, chicks, and technical support and participated in training and EHFP groups...
January 1, 2017: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406036/participatory-assessment-of-factors-influencing-nutrition-and-livelihoods-in-rural-ethiopia-implications-for-measuring-impacts-of-multisector-nutrition-programs
#2
H A Busse, W Jogo, M Fofanah, H Tesfay, M Hadush, E Kiflom, S Schulz
Agricultural interventions more effectively improve nutrition when they are adapted to local contexts and engage multiple sectors. However, evidence is limited for how to design and measure the impacts of such interventions. We piloted a participatory methodology to collect community feedback to inform the design and selection of measures for a multisector nutrition intervention in Ethiopia. Study participants were purposively recruited from 6 rural districts in Tigray and the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' regions...
January 1, 2017: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387142/preece-baines-model-1-to-estimate-height-and-knee-height-growth-in-boys-and-girls-from-merida-mexico
#3
Sudip Datta Banik, Sedigheh Mirzaei Salehabadi, Federico Dickinson
BACKGROUND: Height and body segments in children have differential pubertal growth characteristics. Lower leg length is a sensitive indicator of child's nutritional status. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to estimate differential timing and tempo of height and knee height (KH) growth in 9- to 17-year-old boys (n = 475) and girls (n = 500) from Merida, Mexico. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, the Preece-Baines growth curves-model 1 (PB 1) was fitted to the anthropometric data for height and KH...
January 1, 2017: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374648/a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-two-ready-to-use-supplementary-foods-demonstrates-benefit-of-the-higher-dairy-supplement-for-reduced-wasting-in-mothers-and-differential-impact-in-infants-and-children-associated-with-maternal-supplement-response
#4
Nina Schlossman, Carrie Brown, Payal Batra, Augusto Braima de Sa, Ionela Balan, Adrian Balan, Madeleine G Gamache, Lauren Wood, William Pruzensky, Edward Saltzman, Susan B Roberts, Carlito Balé
BACKGROUND: There is no consensus over best approaches to reliably prevent malnutrition in rural communities in low-income countries. OBJECTIVE: We compared the effectiveness of 2 lipid-based ready-to-use supplementary foods (RUSFs) differing in dairy protein content to improve the nutritional status of mothers and at-risk infants and young children in rural Guinea-Bissau. METHODS: A 3-month cluster-randomized controlled pilot trial of 2 RUSFs was conducted with 692 mothers and 580 mildly or moderately malnourished infants (6-23 months) and children (24-59 months) from 13 villages...
January 1, 2017: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359211/emergency-food-assistance-in-northern-syria
#5
Shannon Doocy, Hannah Tappis, Emily Lyles, Joseph Witiw, Vicki Aken
BACKGROUND: The war in Syria has left millions struggling to survive amidst violent conflict, pervasive unemployment, and food insecurity. Although international assistance funding is also at an all-time high, it is insufficient to meet the needs of conflict-affected populations, and there is increasing pressure on humanitarian stakeholders to find more efficient, effective ways to provide assistance. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate 3 different assistance programs (in-kind food commodities, food vouchers, and unrestricted vouchers) in Idleb Governorate of Syria from December 2014 and March 2015...
January 1, 2017: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359210/trends-in-iron-zinc-and-vitamin-a-status-biomarkers-among-colombian-children
#6
Wenchao Li, Oscar F Herrán, Eduardo Villamor
BACKGROUND: Micronutrient deficiencies are still highly prevalent in countries undergoing the nutrition transition, but nationally representative data documenting their burden in children are exceedingly rare. OBJECTIVE: To examine the distribution and recent trends in micronutrient status biomarkers of Colombian children. METHODS: We compared the distributions of plasma ferritin, serum zinc, and vitamin A in Colombian children between 2005 and 2010 using 2 cross-sectional, nationally representative surveys overall and by categories of sociodemographic variables...
January 1, 2017: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359209/trained-cohorts-of-university-students-are-a-useful-resource-for-conducting-dietary-surveys-in-mongolia
#7
Sabri Bromage, Holly Ya-Fan Chung, Hannah Bonville, Jeannie Choi Sprenger, Rebecca Lander, Davaasambuu Ganmaa
BACKGROUND: Population-based dietary assessment is important for informing national nutrition policy. The developing country setting presents challenges for robust implementation of dietary surveys, yet effective nutrition interventions are often urgently required. OBJECTIVE: To develop and evaluate a low-cost approach to epidemiologic dietary assessment in Mongolia, involving the use of large cohorts of local public health and medical students as research assistants for collecting diet records...
January 1, 2017: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359208/omega-3-fortified-lipid-based-nutrient-supplement
#8
Shashank Gaur, Elizabeth M Sloffer, Ankur Ojha, Falguni Patra, Dharmendra Shukla, Nicki J Engeseth, Pramthesh R Patel, Juan E Andrade
BACKGROUND: Incorporation of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) sources to lipid-based nutrition supplement (LNS) formulations for undernourished populations presents a challenge due to reduced shelf life and poor consumer acceptability. OBJECTIVE: To systematically develop an omega-3-fortified LNS formulation, using flaxseed oil (FO), by optimizing its processing stability and evaluating its sensory acceptance. METHODS: LNS formulations were formulated to yield approximately 452 kcal, 13...
January 1, 2017: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125907/acceptability-and-efficacy-of-locally-produced-ready-to-use-therapeutic-food-nutreal-in-the-management-of-severe-acute-malnutrition-in-comparison-with-defined-food
#9
Babu Ram Thapa, Pooja Goyal, Jagadeesh Menon, Ajay Sharma
BACKGROUND: Severe acute malnutrition (SAM) is a salient health problem in India. Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Research and Analysis Centre, New Delhi, prepared nutreal equivalent to ready-to-use therapeutic food by World Health Organization (WHO) for the management of SAM and defined food like homemade diet. OBJECTIVE: To compare acceptability and efficacy of nutreal over defined food for the management of SAM. METHODS: One hundred twelve children aged less than 5 years with SAM were enrolled as per the standard of WHO...
January 1, 2017: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118744/national-risk-of-zinc-deficiency-as-estimated-by-national-surveys
#10
Sonja Y Hess
BACKGROUND: Information is needed on the national prevalence of zinc deficiency to guide program development and evaluation. OBJECTIVE: To summarize results of national surveys that assessed plasma or serum zinc concentrations (PZC) and compare the prevalence of low PZC with other methods used to estimate countries' risk of zinc deficiency. METHODS: National surveys that included PZC were identified through Internet searches and personal contacts...
January 1, 2017: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932595/the-relationship-between-acute-malnutrition-hygiene-practices-water-and-livestock-and-their-program-implications-in-eastern-chad
#11
Anastasia Marshak, Helen Young, Elizabeth N Bontrager, Erin M Boyd
BACKGROUND: The causes of acute malnutrition are complex and time and geography variant and need to be better understood in order to both design more effective nutrition programs and evaluate them. The findings reported here are part of an evaluation of a 4-year multisectoral nutrition program led by Concern Worldwide in the Sila Region of eastern Chad. OBJECTIVE: To present evidence and learning about the relationships between acute malnutrition and potential drivers in Sila, Chad...
December 8, 2016: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909262/overcoming-the-limits-of-evidence-on-effective-multisectoral-nutrition-policy
#12
Madhu Kumar Marasini, Ssansa Mugenyi
The multisectoral approach has evolved as a popular instrument to attain nutrition goals and targets. But as policy makers, we need timely, relevant, and accurate information in order to effectively support these plans. This commentary comes from the members of the nutrition secretariats at the National Planning Commission in Nepal and the Office of the Prime Minister in Uganda on availability and use of evidence and the nutrition policy cycle. As has been highlighted in this supplement, some of the challenges we have faced include tracking nutrition spending and limited human resource capacity...
December 2016: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909261/measuring-nutrition-governance-an-analysis-of-commitment-capability-and-collaboration-in-nepal
#13
Patrick Webb, Shibani Ghosh, Robin Shrestha, Grace Namirembe, Sabi Gurung, Diplav Sapkota, Winnie Fay Bell, Dale Davis, Eileen Kennedy, Shailes Neupane, Swetha Manohar, Kedar Baral
BACKGROUND: Global commitments to nutrition have supported calls for better evidence to support effective investments at national level. However, too little attention has so far been paid to the role of governance in achieving impacts. OBJECTIVE: This article explores the ways by which the commitment and capabilities of policy implementers affect collaborative efforts for achieving nutrition goals. METHODS: Over 1370 structured interviews were held with government and nongovernment officials over 3 years in 21 districts...
December 2016: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909260/prioritizing-and-funding-nepal-s-multisector-nutrition-plan
#14
Amanda Pomeroy-Stevens, Madhukar B Shrestha, Monica Biradavolu, Kusum Hachhethu, Robin Houston, Indu Sharma, Jolene Wun
BACKGROUND: Nepal has a long tradition of designing good multisectoral nutrition policy. However, success of policy implementation has varied. More evidence on how to successfully carry out multisector nutrition policy is needed. OBJECTIVE: We tracked the influence of Nepal's multisectoral nutrition plan (MSNP) on the process of priority setting and budgeting from 2014 to 2016. METHODS: This study used a mixed-method longitudinal design to track qualitative and budgetary changes related to MSNP processes nationally as well as in 3 districts...
December 2016: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909259/assessing-progress-in-implementing-uganda-s-nutrition-action-plan-district-level-insights
#15
Edgar Agaba, Amanda Pomeroy-Stevens, Shibani Ghosh, Jeffrey K Griffiths
BACKGROUND: The 2011 Uganda Nutrition Action Plan (UNAP) established 2016 maternal and child nutrition targets. However, there is a lack of routine district-level data collection to assess UNAP implementation. OBJECTIVE: To use Nutrition Innovation Lab (NIL) data to inform policy makers on the progress of UNAP-related indicators. METHODS: The NIL collected serial household-level survey data (n = 3600) in 6 districts, including 2 UNAP implementation districts, in 2012 and 2014...
December 2016: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909258/prioritizing-and-funding-the-uganda-nutrition-action-plan
#16
Amanda Pomeroy-Stevens, Alexis D'Agostino, Nancy Adero, Hannah Foehringer Merchant, Abel Muzoora, Ezekiel Mupere, Edgar Agaba, Lidan Du
BACKGROUND: In 2010, Uganda began developing its first multisectoral nutrition plan, the Uganda Nutrition Action Plan (UNAP), to reduce malnutrition. While the UNAP signals high-level commitment to addressing nutrition, knowledge gaps remain about how to successfully implement such a plan. OBJECTIVE: We tracked the UNAP's influence on the process of priority setting and funding for nutrition from 2013 to 2015. METHODS: This study used a longitudinal mixed methods design to track qualitative and budgetary changes related to UNAP processes nationally as well as in 2 study districts...
December 2016: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909257/implementing-multisector-nutrition-programs-in-ethiopia-and-nepal-challenges-and-opportunities-from-a-stakeholder-perspective
#17
Eileen Kennedy, Habtamu Fekadu, Shibani Ghosh, Kedar Baral, Dale Davis, Diplav Sapkota, Patrick Webb
Effective governance is essential for effective nutrition program implementation. There are additional challenges in launching multisector plans to enhance nutritional status. The present study compares the challenges and opportunities in Ethiopia and Nepal in designing and implementing a multisector plan for nutrition. A semi-quantitative questionnaire with open-ended questions was used to solicit information from senior national-level policy officials and other key stakeholders. The nature of the major nutrition problems in each country was similar; these include malnutrition (particularly stunting), food insecurity, and micronutrient malnutrition...
December 2016: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909256/optimizing-the-multisectoral-nutrition-policy-cycle-a-systems-perspective
#18
Sascha Lamstein, Amanda Pomeroy-Stevens, Patrick Webb, Eileen Kennedy
Based on the data collected in Uganda, Nepal, and Ethiopia, the papers included in this supplement fill a critical gap in evidence regarding multisectoral National Nutrition Action Plans. The studies offer new data and new thinking on how and why governance, effective financial decentralization, and improved accountability all matter for nutrition actions in low-income countries. This introductory paper offers an overview of the current state of evidence and thinking on the multisectoral nutrition policy cycle, including how governance and financing support that process...
December 2016: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27604622/factors-affecting-the-validity-of-coverage-survey-reports-of-receipt-of-vitamin-a-supplements-during-child-health-days-in-southwestern-burkina-faso
#19
Césaire T Ouédraogo, Elodie Becquey, Shelby E Wilson, Lea Prince, Amadou Ouédraogo, Noël Rouamba, Jean-Bosco Ouédraogo, Stephen A Vosti, Kenneth H Brown, Sonja Y Hess
BACKGROUND: Assessment of high-dose vitamin A supplementation (VAS) coverage often relies on postevent coverage (PEC) surveys, but the validity of these methods has rarely been evaluated. OBJECTIVES: To assess reported VAS coverage and factors associated with missed coverage and to investigate the reliability of the results. METHODS: During a cross-sectional survey, 10 454 caregivers of children <27 months old were asked whether their child had received VAS in the past 6 months...
December 2016: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27604621/food-insecurity-and-the-negative-impact-on-brazilian-children-s-health-why-does-food-security-matter-for-our-future-prosperity-brazilian-national-survey-pnds-2006-07
#20
Ana Paula Poblacion, John T Cook, Leticia Marín-León, Ana Maria Segall-Corrêa, Jonas A C Silveira, Tulio Konstantyner, José Augusto A C Taddei
BACKGROUND: Food insecurity (FI) refers to limited or uncertain access to food resulting from financial constraints. Numerous studies have shown association between FI and adverse health outcomes among adults and children around the world, but in Brazil, such information is scarce, especially if referring to nationally representative information. OBJECTIVE: To test for an independent association between FI and health outcomes. METHODS: Most recent Brazilian Demographic and Health Survey using nationally representative complex probability sampling...
December 2016: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
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