Analysis of Child Feeding Practices in Huancayo and Trujillo, Peru

Location: Peru

Alumni: Colleen McKenna

Faculty: Lacey Ahern

Worldwide, over 2.6 million children die each year from malnutrition alone; it is a big global health concern.  Today in Peru about 18% of children suffer from chronic malnutrition.  The purpose of this study was to assess the feeding practices of caregivers in two communities in Peru and to evaluate the impact that Catholic Medical Mission Board has had on the communities.  On average, the children in the communities ate a variety of foods and were fed at least four times daily.  The mothers had a good understanding of nutrition and hand washing practices.  Further investigation is needed to evaluate the quantity of food and to account for confounding factors in the study.

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