Acceptability of community-based growth monitoring in a rural village in South Africa

SOURCE: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2003
TITLE AUTHOR(S): M.Faber, M.A.S.Phungula, J.D.Kvalsvig, A.J.Spinnler Benade
KEYWORDS: CHILD HEALTH, GROWTH MONITORING PROGRAMME, KWAZULU-NATAL, NUTRITION
DEPARTMENT: Human and Social Development (HSD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 2479

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Abstract

A qualitative investigation of mothers' perceptions of community-based growth to monitoring activities is indeed welcome. Attitudes to and acceptability of growth monitoring are obviously key programmatic success. The results of the study contrast with concerns raised in the wider literature on the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of clinic-based growth monitoring (low coverage, poor attendance, favouring the younger child, poor understanding and lack of follow-up action).