International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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ISSN: 2319-7064

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Research Paper | Public Health | India | Volume 11 Issue 5, May 2022

Prevalence of Malnutrition among Under-5 Children in Urban Slums of Guwahati

Dr. Bidisha Hazarika | Dr. Jutika Ojah

Abstract: Context/Background: The extent of poverty and malnutrition in India has been recounted many times and it presents a very disturbing picture. The slums are homes of thousands of the most impoverished, under previlidged citizens. The indicators of nutrition in under 5 children in the slum settings should depict the true picture of health scenario of the country. Aims/Objectives: This community based study was taken up to assess the prevalence of malnutrition among 0-5 yr old children in urban slums of Guwahati. Methodology: A cross sectional study was conducted in 344 children aged 0-5 years in slums of Guwahati city. Results: The prevalence of malnutriion in the under-5 children was considerably high at 38.66%. Prevalence of underweight was at27.91%, stunting at 31.40% and wasting at 21.22%, while 38.66% had MUAC <12.5 cm. Conclusions: Association of prevalence of malnutrition with gender was found to be significant.

Keywords: under-five, slums, nutritional status, malnutrition

Edition: Volume 11 Issue 5, May 2022,

Pages: 1320 - 1322

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