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Effect of Community Infant and Young Child Feeding Counseling on Infant Feeding Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices in Harare City 2013

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dc.contributor.author Kamusono, Faith
dc.date.accessioned 2015-02-27T07:41:30Z
dc.date.available 2015-02-27T07:41:30Z
dc.date.issued 2013-08
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10646/1337
dc.description.abstract Background A preliminary review of nutrition reports for Harare City revealed that set targets for exclusive breastfeeding rate, timely initiation of breastfeeding, median duration of breastfeeding and stunting were not met. All these are a consequence of poor infant feeding knowledge, attitudes and practices on the child. This study aims to find out the effect of community infant and young child feeding counseling on maternal knowledge attitudes and practices on optimal infant feeding in Harare City. Methodology A prospective cohort study was conducted in Harare City on pregnant and lactating women. The exposure was receiving counseling in community infant and young child feeding. Interviewer administered questionnaires, key informant interviews, focus group discussions and record reviews were used to collect data. iii Results Mothers who received counseling in community infant and young child feeding had better knowledge on optimal infant and young child feeding at endpoint (mean knowledge score = 7.8, SD = 1.36 ) compared to the unexposed group (mean knowledge score = 5.4, SD = 1.53) and this was statistically significant (p = 0.005 ). Community infant and young child feeding counseling had an effect on timely initiation of breastfeeding, giving water, exclusive breastfeeding and giving solids. Most of the respondents, 92% in the exposed group had a positive attitude towards optimal infant and young child feeding practices as compared to the non-exposed group. Conclusion en_US
dc.language.iso en_ZW en_US
dc.subject Public health en_US
dc.subject College of Health Sciences en_US
dc.subject Harare en_US
dc.subject Infant en_US
dc.subject Exclusive breastfeeding en_US
dc.subject Exposed en_US
dc.subject Unexposed en_US
dc.subject Base-line en_US
dc.subject End-point en_US
dc.subject Kwowledge en_US
dc.subject Attitudes en_US
dc.subject Practices en_US
dc.title Effect of Community Infant and Young Child Feeding Counseling on Infant Feeding Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices in Harare City 2013 en_US
thesis.degree.advisor Marufu, T
thesis.degree.advisor Chikwasha, V
thesis.degree.country Zimbabwe en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Community Medicine en_US
thesis.degree.faculty Faculty of Medicine en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Zimbabwe en_US
thesis.degree.grantoremail specialcol@uzlib.uz.ac.zw
thesis.degree.level MSc en_US
thesis.degree.name Master in Public Health Degree en_US
thesis.degree.thesistype Thesis en_US
dc.date.defense 2013-08


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