Positive deviance approach in improving child health outcomes: A participatory assessment of child feeding practices in Marsabit county, Kenya
Rose Chepkorir1, Caroline Musita2
1Maseno University, Public health, Kenya
In order to sustain the gains made by promoting Exclusive Breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life, interventions need to extend into the second half of infancy and beyond. In Marsabit County, EBF rates are so high yet malnutrition rates among the under- fives still remains high. This has been attributed to challenges in complementary feeding. Nutrition and health outcomes depends on the level of nutrients consumption found in daily food intake. High quality dish results in good health whereas a poor quality diet results in health deficits. It is the role of mothers or caregivers to ensure provision of adequate diet to the child for positive health outcomes. Thus this study aimed at determining the positive deviant child feeding practices through participatory assessment in Marsabit, Kenya, in order to promote introduction of nutrient dense complementary feeds and other positive deviant child feeding practices in the region.
Keywords: Child feeding, health, maternal knowledge, medicinal foods, positive deviance
Contact Address: Caroline Musita, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Department of Community Health and Development, School of Public Health, Juja, 00200 Nairobi, Kenya, e-mail: cmusitajkuat.ac.ke