Influences on maternal and child nutrition in the highlands of the northern Lao PDR

Holmes, W., Hoy, D., Lockley, A., Thammavongxay, K., Bounnaphol, S., Xeuatvongsa, A. and Toole, M. (2007) Influences on maternal and child nutrition in the highlands of the northern Lao PDR. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 16 3: 537-545.


Author Holmes, W.
Hoy, D.
Lockley, A.
Thammavongxay, K.
Bounnaphol, S.
Xeuatvongsa, A.
Toole, M.
Title Influences on maternal and child nutrition in the highlands of the northern Lao PDR
Journal name Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0964-7058
Publication date 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 16
Issue 3
Start page 537
End page 545
Total pages 9
Place of publication Clayton, Vic.
Publisher Blackwell Science Asia
Language eng
Subject 111706 Epidemiology
Abstract In two remote northern provinces of the Lao People's Democratic Republic, provincial and district teams were trained and subsequently conducted a qualitative study using a participatory approach to investigate people's knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and practices in relation to women's and children's nutrition. Using focus group discussions, key informant interviews, and structured observation, the teams found that certain nutrition behaviours, including food taboos, may contribute to the high prevalence of child malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies in these northern provinces. Ethnic groups gave details of nutrition-related beliefs and practices; the teams found that many of these are likely to be amenable to change through relatively low cost nutrition promotion informed by these findings. In particular, barriers to exclusive breastfeeding, food taboos and hygiene behaviour could be addressed. The study also demonstrated that with appropriate training, supervision and support, local teams are able to plan and conduct a large scale qualitative study. (author abstract)
Keyword Food Habits, ethnology
Food Preferences, ethnology
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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