Linkage between nutritional status of children 6-59 months and some socio-demographic and economic characteristics of mothers in Malava sub-county, Kakamega County

Abstract

The world is currently battling the triple burden of malnutrition across all age groups including children. In Kenya, household socio-demographic and economic characteristics have been shown to contribute to malnutrition among children, but there is little known about the magnitude of their contribution at the sub-county level. This study aimed at determining the association between socio-demographic and economic characteristics of mothers and the nutritional status of their children 6-59 months old. This was a cross-sectional study conducted in November and December of 2021 in Malava Sub-county, Kakamega County, Kenya. Data were collected from households using semi-structured questionnaires administered to 344 randomly selected mothers who had children aged 6-59 months. Nutritional status was determined using anthropometric measurements translated to nutrition indicators using WHO Anthro software. Association between the study variables was determined using Chi-square test. About 53% of the mothers were aged < 25 years. Formal education of mothers was low with 14.5% having no education at all and 46.8% having completed primary level only. Poverty rate was high in the study area with 83.7% of the mothers being unemployed and 77.9% earning less than Ksh. 5,000 (50 USD) per month. Only 14.5% engaged in business as an economic activity. Malnutrition prevalence in Malava Subcounty was high with almost 21% of the children being stunted and 8.1% being severely stunted. The prevalence of wasting and underweight were at 12.5% and 7.5%, respectively. Significant associations were observed between the stunting and the age of the mother (p=0.036) and education level (p=0.023). Education was also significantly associated with wasting (p=0.008). Underweight was associated with education level (p=0.014), average household monthly income (p=0.019) and the household economic activity engagement (p=0.01). The study recommends a multisectoral collaboration in addressing the household demographic and economic characteristics that may help in reducing the prevalence of malnutrition in Malava Subcounty, Kakamega County.
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<div>Mutuli, < (2024). Linkage between nutritional status of children 6-59 months and some socio-demographic and economic characteristics of mothers in Malava sub-county, Kakamega County. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/linkage-between-nutritional-status-of-children-6-59-months-and-some-socio-demographic-and-economic-characteristics-of-mothers-in-malava-sub-county-kakamega-county

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<div>Mutuli, <div>Maingi "Linkage between nutritional status of children 6-59 months and some socio-demographic and economic characteristics of mothers in Malava sub-county, Kakamega County" Afribary. Afribary, 04 Jun. 2024, https://afribary.com/works/linkage-between-nutritional-status-of-children-6-59-months-and-some-socio-demographic-and-economic-characteristics-of-mothers-in-malava-sub-county-kakamega-county. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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<div>Mutuli, <div>Maingi . "Linkage between nutritional status of children 6-59 months and some socio-demographic and economic characteristics of mothers in Malava sub-county, Kakamega County". Afribary, Afribary, 04 Jun. 2024. Web. 21 Jul. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/linkage-between-nutritional-status-of-children-6-59-months-and-some-socio-demographic-and-economic-characteristics-of-mothers-in-malava-sub-county-kakamega-county >.

Chicago

<div>Mutuli, <div>Maingi . "Linkage between nutritional status of children 6-59 months and some socio-demographic and economic characteristics of mothers in Malava sub-county, Kakamega County" Afribary (2024). Accessed July 21, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/linkage-between-nutritional-status-of-children-6-59-months-and-some-socio-demographic-and-economic-characteristics-of-mothers-in-malava-sub-county-kakamega-county