Exploring and optimising maternal and infant nutrition in North West Pakistan

Dykes, Fiona, Lhussier, Monique, Bangash, Sonia, Zaman, Mukhtiar and Lowe, Nicola (2012) Exploring and optimising maternal and infant nutrition in North West Pakistan. Midwifery, 28 (6). pp. 831-835. ISSN 0266-6138

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2011.09.013

Abstract

Abstract
Objectives
the aim of this study was to explore and contextualise meanings, beliefs and practices surrounding maternal and infant nutrition in North West Pakistan and to use the findings to inform the development of a nutritional improvement programme adapted to local needs.

Design
the Context-Mechanism-Outcome framework was used to gather contextual data, formulate questions and conduct focus groups to inform the design of a culturally appropriate nutritional health programme with the overall goal of improving practices related to maternal and infant nutrition. Two focus groups were conducted with the team of local lady health workers (n=16), one prior to implementing a nutritional improvement programme and one 6 months after implementation.

Settings
the study was conducted in communities surrounding and served by the Emergency Satellite Hospital (ESH) in Nahaqi in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa (KP) (formally known as the Northwest Frontier Province), Pakistan.

Findings
poverty and specific cultural practices impeded the achievement of optimum maternal and infant nutrition. A nutrition support programme was implemented; it involved cookery demonstration kitchens and free food supplements, coupled with nutrition and health-care information-giving for pregnant and lactating women. Focus group discussions revealed that women had positive perceptions of the impact of the nutritional health improvement programme, feeling that knowledge

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: breast feeding, maternal, infant
Subjects: B400 Nutrition
B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2012 14:21
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 12:01
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/5800

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