Risk Factors Associated with Feeding Children under 2 Years in Rural Malawi – A Formative Study

Chidziwisano et al. (2019) published this research in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The paper discusses the formative research the team carried out in the risk factors associated with feeding young children in rural Malawi. This is a crucial area of research since these risk factors contribute to childhood diarrhoeal disease, a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in under-fives in low income settings. This research was conducted in Chikwawa district, Southern Malawi from June to October 2017. It used a mixed methods approach to collect data from household surveys (n=323), checklists (n=31), structured observations (n=80) and microbiological food samples (n=20). These results offer new insights into poor hygiene practices, risk factors and transmission pathways leading to increased incidence of diarrhoeal disease.

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