Maternal perceptions and barriers experienced during the management of moderately malnourished children in northern Uganda

Richard Bazibu Kajjura*, Frederick Johannes Veldman, Susanna Maria Kassier

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Abstract

Little is known about how the use of supplementary foods in the management of children with moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) is perceived by mothers, as well as the barriers they face while using it in Uganda. This study determined maternal perceptions and barriers experienced during the management of children aged 6 to 23 months diagnosed with MAM using either a malted sorghum-based porridge (MSBP) or fortified corn soy blend (CSB+) as a supplementary porridge. Twelve focus groups and 48 in-depth interviews were conducted among purposively sampled mothers a week after completing a 3-month cluster randomised control trial with the two supplementary porridges for the management of their children with MAM in a rural setting of Arua district. All mothers who participated in the trial were eligible for inclusion. Mothers perceived both supplementary porridges as contributing towards weight gain, reducing the prevalence of illness, improving appetite, a healthy skin and improving active play. Barriers to using the supplementary porridges were a lack of time for feeding children due to household chores, maternal hunger as a result of household food insecurity and a lack of social household and community support. Therefore, maternal barriers should be addressed in an attempt to reap maximum benefits from supplementary food interventions for the management of children with MAM, by sensitising household members to the time required to conduct household chores and measure to address food insecurity.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere13022
JournalMaternal and Child Nutrition
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020

Keywords

  • Uganda
  • children
  • malted sorghum
  • maternal barriers
  • maternal perceptions
  • moderate acute malnutrition
  • supplementary porridges

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