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dc.contributor.author Amukugo, Hans J.
dc.contributor.author Shilunga, Anna Panduleni
dc.date.accessioned 2018-08-10T14:22:17Z
dc.date.available 2018-08-10T14:22:17Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Mulenga, E., Amukugo, H., & Shilunga, A. (2018). The experiences of mothers and caregivers on feeding practices of children under the age of five years with undernutrition in Oshikoto region, Namibia. International Journal of Healthcare, 4(2), 20-26. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11070/2353
dc.description.abstract Background: Undernutrition in children under the age of five years is prevalent in the developing countries which increase the risk of morbidity and mortality among such age group. Lack of information related to nutrition and feeding practices as well as other factors such as employment and pressure from family and community members cause mothers and caregivers of children under the age of five years to use inappropriate methods of feeding which contribute to undernutrition. Purpose: The aim of this article is to relate the experiences of mothers and caregivers on feeding practices of children under the age of five years in Oshikoto region, Namibia. Methods: A qualitative study design was utilized to explore and describe the experiences of mothers and caregivers on feeding practices of children under the age of five years. The study population comprised of mothers and caregivers of children diagnosed with undernutrition either severe or moderate, admitted in pediatric units or registered on Nutritional Assessment Counseling and Support programme. A purposive sampling was used to select participants and a total number of fifteen mothers/caregivers were interviewed. The data were transcribed verbatim and analysed using Tesch steps. Results: The study revealed that mothers and caregivers experienced lack of information related to nutrition and feeding practices and other contextual constraints which resulted in the utilization of suboptimal feeding practices of children under the age of five years. Conclusions: Due to challenges experienced by mothers and caregivers, they need to be empowered with knowledge on nutrition and feeding practices of children under the age of five years. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Caregivers en_US
dc.subject Feeding practices en_US
dc.subject Undernutrition en_US
dc.title The experiences of mothers and caregivers on feeding practices of children under the age of five years with undernutrition in Oshikoto region, Namibia en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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