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Unit 2: Finding the causes of malnutrition

SESSION 1: Conducting a Community Nutrition Mini-Survey

SESSION 2: Analyzing Community Nutrition Information

SESSION 3: A Profile of Malnutrition in the Community


The nutrition mini-survey in this unit is a training exercise that takes trainees into the community to practice new skills in nutrition assessment and problem solving. It focuses attention on the causes of malnutrition discussed in this module and provides trainees with a basic list of questions that can be used, both during and after training, to find out more about the specific factors causing malnutrition in individual homes.

In Session 1, trainees prepare for and conduct the nutrition mini-survey. Then trainee teams go into the community to interview 7-10 families each.

In Session 2, teams compile and present the information collected in the household interviews, constructing a general description of the nutrition status, feeding habits, fertility patterns and foods available in the homes of families interviewed.

Session 3 focuses trainee attention on the malnourished children identified during the survey. Trainees analyze the factors that may be causing malnutrition and present their recommendations for improving the nutrition and health status of each child.

This mini-survey is a training exercise; it is not a scientific research study. This means that the survey findings describe the situation of the families interviewed; we do not know and cannot claim that the survey findings are "representative" of conditions in all of the households in the community.