Strategies for improving the nutrition of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in the rural areas of Abia State, Nigeria

Ezinne Enwereji, Abia State University

With poverty and harsh economic policies in developing countries, there is need for nutritional inputs in intervention programmes for orphans. Most families hardly have a meal in a day. Some extended family members are illiterates and lack adequate knowledge of nutrition, water and food safety precautions. Leaving care of orphans to them could expose orphans to malnutrition and/or infections. Study aimed at using locally acceptable methods to improve orphan nutrition and survival strategies. Method : Nutrition and hygienic assessments were done using questionnaire, interview guide, checklist and spot observation. Sample was 120 randomly selected orphans. To compliment nutrition intervention, 30 Caregivers were trained on hygienic, food and water safety measures including HIV/AIDS prevention. Results: Pot-logging ensured food security and augmented nutrient requirements of 17(29.3%) malnourished, and wasted orphans. Conclusions: Protein energy malnutrition contributed 29.3% hospital admissions of sample. community members are encouraged to advance activities that increase food security , child survival and HIV prevention.

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Presented in Poster Session 3