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A CROSS SECTIONAL STUDY ON PRACTICES AND PERCEPTIONS REGARDING MID DAY MEAL PROGRAMME, SANITATION AND HYGIENE AMONG UNDERNOURISHED PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN OF RURAL VADODARA

Authors:
Shweta Patel, Uma Iyer, Swati Dhruv and Richa Mehta

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Shweta Patel, Uma Iyer, Swati Dhruv and Richa Mehta
Department of Foods and Nutrition, Faculty of Family and Community Sciences, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat, India

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Patel, Shweta, et al. "A CROSS SECTIONAL STUDY ON PRACTICES AND PERCEPTIONS REGARDING MID DAY MEAL PROGRAMME, SANITATION AND HYGIENE AMONG UNDERNOURISHED PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN OF RURAL VADODARA." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, vol. 4, no. 3, Mar. 2019, pp. 2262-2272, ijsser.org/more2019.php?id=166. Accessed Mar. 2019.
APA
Patel, S., Iyer, U., Dhruv, S., & Mehta, R. (2019, March). A CROSS SECTIONAL STUDY ON PRACTICES AND PERCEPTIONS REGARDING MID DAY MEAL PROGRAMME, SANITATION AND HYGIENE AMONG UNDERNOURISHED PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN OF RURAL VADODARA. Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, 4(3), 2262-2272. Retrieved from ijsser.org/more2019.php?id=166
Chicago
Patel, Shweta, Uma Iyer, Swati Dhruv, and Richa Mehta. "A CROSS SECTIONAL STUDY ON PRACTICES AND PERCEPTIONS REGARDING MID DAY MEAL PROGRAMME, SANITATION AND HYGIENE AMONG UNDERNOURISHED PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN OF RURAL VADODARA." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research 4, no. 3 (March 2019), 2262-2272. Accessed March, 2019. ijsser.org/more2019.php?id=166.

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Abstract:
Undernutrition among school children is a challenge for developing countries like India. Mid Day Meal Programme of India aims at improvement of nutritional status of school going children by providing hot cooked meals on all the working days to children studying in Government primary schools. It also provides an opportunity to inculcate good hygiene practices among children. This study was carried out to assess the magnitude of undernutrition in rural upper primary school children and practices and perceptions of thin (BAZ< -2SD) upper primary school children of rural Vadodara regarding Mid Day Meal and sanitation and hygiene practices. Six government primary schools from rural industrial areas of Vadodara block were selected and children from 5th to 8th standard were screened for undernutrition using anthropometry (WHO 2007 growth reference standards). Practices and perceptions regarding MDM, sanitation and hygiene among thin children were studied. Prevalence of underweight, stunting and thinness was 43.7%, 30.7% and 31.8% respectively. Majority of the children (93.8%) were consuming MDM, but only 68.1% were consuming it 5-6 times a week. Although, handwashing, nail hygiene and bathing were perceived to be important practices, there was a gap in awareness regarding importance of these practices. Usage of soap for handwashing in school and cleanliness of nails were not found to be adequately practiced by the children. Incorporating behaviour change communication in MDM as a regular feature can help in improving the compliance as well as to ensure proper hygiene practices among children, and achieve better outcome of the programme.