Factors Predisposing Children Under Five Years to Malnutrition at Kampala International University Teaching Hospital Bushenyi Districts, Western Uganda

Gutaka Emannuel

Kampala International University Teaching Hospital and Research (KIU-THR), P.O. Box 71, Bushenyi, Uganda.

Odoki Martin

Department of Microbiology, Kampala International University Western Campus (KIU-WC), P.O. Box 71, Bushenyi, Uganda.

Okedi Francis

Department of Surgery, Kampala International University Teaching Hospital and Research (KIU-THR), P.O. Box 71, Bushenyi, Uganda.

Emmanuel Ifeanyi Obeagu *

Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Kampala International University, Uganda.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Abstract

In Uganda, malnutrition remains a serious health and welfare problem affecting the under-five children to whom it contributes significantly to mortality and morbidity. The study was done to identify the factors predisposing children under five years to malnutrition at Kampala International University Teaching Hospital. This study was a cross­-sectional study design conducted on 240 children under five years at KIU-TH whose caretakers/parents consented to take part in this willing to take part in this study. Data was collected from them with the help of questionnaires. The collected data was entered into SPSS version 25, analyzed and presented inform tables.  120(50.0%) were aged 21-34 years, many 124(51.7%) were Banyoro by tribe, 104 (43.3%) were Catholics by religion, many 88(36.7%) were of primary level of education, and lastly majority 140 (58.3%) of the participants were married. the rate of malnutrition among children under five years was 28.3%. on factors predisposing children to malnutrition,  there was a significant association of malnutrition status with education level that participants of primary level of education were 8.073 times more likely to malnourished children as compared to care takers/mothers of tertiary level of education. The rate of malnutrition in this study is low and malnutrition rate was seen change from place to place, time to time and from on population to another. In addition, mothers’ education is associated with good nutrition practice.

Keywords: Children, under 5 years, malnutrition, Uganda


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Emannuel , Gutaka, Odoki Martin, Okedi Francis, and Emmanuel Ifeanyi Obeagu. 2023. “Factors Predisposing Children Under Five Years to Malnutrition at Kampala International University Teaching Hospital Bushenyi Districts, Western Uganda”. Asian Journal of Research in Nursing and Health 6 (1):153-59. https://journalajrnh.com/index.php/AJRNH/article/view/115.

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