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Prevalence, Types and Risk Factors for Malnutrition in Displaced Sudanese Children

Nuha Mamoun1, Susan Homedia1, Mustafa Mabyou1, Hussan M. Ahmed Muntasir2, T. Salah3 and Ishag Adam3
  • 1 International University of Africa, Sudan
  • 2 Ribat University, Sudan
  • 3 University of Khartoum, Sudan


The nutritional status of 327 under-five children living in Mayoo displacement camp, Khartoum, Sudan, was assessed during May- August 2004. Risk factors for protein-energy malnutrition (PEM) were also studied. According to WHO criteria, a total of 186 (56.1%) children had malnutrition, of these 101(30.1%), 43 (13.1%) and 42 (12.8%) were mildly, moderately and severely malnourished respectively. According to Welcome classification, the commonest type of malnutrition was found to be underweight (38.2%), marasmus, kwashiorkor were detected in (6.4%) and (0.9%) respectively, there was no case of marasmic kwashiorkor in the studied population. Prevalence of vitamin “A” was 9.2% of which 0.9% had night blindness. Age, sex, lack of immunization, lack of breast -feeding, history of fever and history of diarrhoea were tested and were not found be risk factors for malnutrition in this group of children.

American Journal of Infectious Diseases
Volume 1 No. 2, 2005, 84-86


Submitted On: 22 January 2005 Published On: 30 June 2006

How to Cite: Mamoun, N., Homedia, S., Mabyou, M., Muntasir, H. M. A., Salah, T. & Adam, I. (2005). Prevalence, Types and Risk Factors for Malnutrition in Displaced Sudanese Children. American Journal of Infectious Diseases, 1(2), 84-86.

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  • Sudan
  • prevalence
  • types
  • risk factors
  • malnutrition
  • children