39. Literacy level of mothers and its association with nutritional status of children under five years of age, in rural area of Lahore

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Farah Batool Meshal Margrate Munazza Tasneem Ambreen Nasir


Nutrition has been entitled one of the immensely disregarded opportunities in sustaininoptimal health status especially in growing children of developing countries, like Pakistan There is scarcity of community level studies on malnutrition and educational level of mothers in rural areas. So,   the objective of this study was to

find out the association of mother’s literacy level to child’s nutritional status because it will be helpful to understand the widespread problem. Furthermore, future planning may be based on improving maternal education, to overcome the issue of under nutrition. A community based Cross sectional descriptive study carried out in a rural area of Mustafa abad (Liliani), Lahore; Pakistan. Data was collected from April to August, 2018. Convenient sampling technique was used. Nutritional status of children was measured by using the anthropometric measurements and sorting them out as wasting, stunting  and under-weight, according to criteria of World Health Organization, for under nutrition. Data was analyzed by entering in SPSS version-20. Results illustrate a significant association among mothers’ literacy level to child nutritional status (p-value 0.020). Majority of the mothers with high school and above educational level have had high proportion of children with standard nutrition status while the children whose mothers had stumpy level of education were presented with stunting. Malnutrition is widespread in our country at distressing point. This is a dire need to improve the educational level of mothers since it has been a significant association with the nutritional state of our children.  

Keywords: Anthropometry; Malnutrition; Stunting; Underweight; Wasting



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