Journal article

Are orphans at increased risk of malnutrition in Malawi?

R Panpanich, B Brabin, A Gonani, S Graham

ANNALS OF TROPICAL PAEDIATRICS | CARFAX PUBLISHING | Published : 1999

Abstract

The objective of this study was to compare the nutritional status and health problems of village orphans, non-orphans and orphanage children, and to identify factors associated with undernutrition. A cross-sectional study was conducted in three orphanages and two villages near Blantyre, Malawi. Seventy-six orphanage children, 137 village orphans and 80 village non-orphans were recruited. Anthropometric measurement was done and guardians were interviewed. In the group of children aged < 5 years, the prevalence of undernutrition in orphanage children was 54.8% compared with 33.3% and 30% of village orphans and non-orphans, respectively. Sixty-four per cent of young orphanage children were stun..

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