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Nutritional status of children under five in three State foster care institutions in Sri Lanka

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Channa R Jayasekera

1Duke University Medical Centre, 544 Finley St, Durham, USA., US
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Abstract

This study evaluated the prevalence of protein energy malnutrition (PEM) in children under five years (n =52), in three randomly selected, State operated foster care institutions in Sri Lanka. The prevalence of PEM, was (51.9%), underweight (63.5%) and wasting (25.0%) was found to be considerably higher than the national prevalence (13.5%, 29.4%, 14.0%, respectively). Based on this preliminary evidence, it is recommended that a study representative of all institutionalised children in both State and private facilities be conducted to identify deficiencies and recommend improvements to institutional care in Sri Lanka.

Key words: Protein-energy malnutrition

doi: 10.4038/cmj.v51i2.1355

Ceylon Medical Journal Vol.51(2) 2006 63-65

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v51i2.1355
How to Cite: Jayasekera, C.R., 2009. Nutritional status of children under five in three State foster care institutions in Sri Lanka. Ceylon Medical Journal, 51(2), pp.63–65. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v51i2.1355
Published on 07 Dec 2009.
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