INTRODUCTION: Poor infant feeding practices are common in Africa, resulting in physical and intellectual developmental impairments. Good feeding practices are crucial, especially in the first year of growth. HIV/AIDS has worsened the clinical and nutritional status of both mothers and their children, exacerbating high rates of malnutrition. The aim of this study was to assess by participative approach, the nutritional status of infants from mothers tested positive to HIV in the health district of Dschang. METHODS: This is a cross sectional study with a period of recruitment of 2 years (2010-2012). Data Collection was done by the aim of a personal slip followed by training to strengthen the nutritional and hygienic capacity of targeted parents. Height and weight of infants were measured and body mass index (BMI) calculated. RESULTS: Significant difference (p ≤ 0.05) was noticed in height-for-age z-score (HAZ) of girls aged between 1 to 2 years compared to 1-year old girls as well as to boys of all ages, defining them as stunted. Furthermore, the weight-for-age z-score (WAZ) results indicate that both girls and boys of all age are in moderate state of malnutrition. The results of BMI thinness classified according to gender and age groups, indicates that most infants (68/130, 52.3%) showed grade 2 thinness predominantly in 2-years old both boys and girls. However, no participants fall within the normal category for age and sex, as well as overweight and obesity categories. CONCLUSION: Undernutrition exists among infants from mothers tested positive to HIV residing in Dschang, as most of the infants are underweight, and malnourished.
Sobze, M., Wadoum, R., Temgoua, E., Donfack, J., Ercoli, L., Buonomo, E., et al. (2014). Evaluation of the nutritional status of infants from mothers tested positive to HIV/AIDS in the health district of Dschang, Cameroon. THE PAN AFRICAN MEDICAL JOURNAL.
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|Citazione:||Sobze, M., Wadoum, R., Temgoua, E., Donfack, J., Ercoli, L., Buonomo, E., et al. (2014). Evaluation of the nutritional status of infants from mothers tested positive to HIV/AIDS in the health district of Dschang, Cameroon. THE PAN AFRICAN MEDICAL JOURNAL.|
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|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/17 - Malattie Infettive|
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|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.11604/pamj.2014.18.91.2794|
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|Data di pubblicazione:||2014|
|Titolo:||Evaluation of the nutritional status of infants from mothers tested positive to HIV/AIDS in the health district of Dschang, Cameroon|
|Autori:||Sobze, M; Wadoum, R; Temgoua, E; Donfack, J; Ercoli, L; Buonomo, E; Fokam, J; Dongho, B; Onohiol, J; Zefack, Y; Zambou, F; Cresci, A; Russo, G; Colizzi, V|
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