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Progress in Final Year of the Malnutrition Study

By: Yusli Harini, Health Team Leader

As we embark on the final year of our 5-year malnutrition study, "Developing a Family-Based Nutrition Intervention Model in Ban Village," in collaboration with Udayana University Faculty of Medicine, there is promising news regarding the impact of family nutrition education and training in eradicating malnutrition among children.


This year's primary focus is on testing the retention of benefits derived from the family nutrition training program by evaluating 302 families through focus group discussions, in-depth interviews, and anthropometric measurements of children, adolescent females, and babies born to pregnant women respondents.


Our field team commenced data collection by visiting families in the most isolated and hard-to-reach mountain areas before the upcoming rainy season. Despite these challenges, early findings are encouraging, revealing a strong recall of essential balanced nutrition messages among respondents: families are not only embracing but also effectively implementing key balanced nutrition principles. Respondents retained a deep understanding of the importance of consuming varied foods, utilizing local sources from their gardens, and increasing the intake of animal protein. Notably, one mother has innovatively created a diverse meal menu for her child, ensuring their protein needs are met while making the meals appealing to enhance the child's appetite.


These positive findings indicate a notable shift in people's nutritional behaviour, with the adoption of balanced nutrition as a guide for providing healthy and well-rounded meals for their children and families. This shift is a testament to the effectiveness of the family nutrition education and training program in bringing about sustainable changes in daily dietary practices.


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