Evaluation of the consumption of ready-to-use therapeutic food in therapeutic outpatient nutritional units in children aged 6 to 59 months.

  • Egnon K. V. KOUAKOU Nutrition and Pharmacology Laboratory, UFR Biosciences, Felix Houphouet-Boigny University (UFHB), Abidjan, Côte d´Ivoire.
  • Badiambile MPULUMBA Faculty of Public Health, Official University of Mbuji-Mayi, Kasaï Oriental, Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Koffi P.V NIABA Agricultural valuation laboratory, Jean Lorougnon Guédé Daloa University, Côte d´Ivoire Daloa, BP150
  • Jean. SK DJE Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, São Paulo State University (UNESP), Rodovia Araraquara-Jaú, Km 1, 14801 902, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Nankomo MUDIMBIYI Iberomercian International University Puerto Rico, USA, carr. 658 km 1.3 Bo, Arenalejos sector, Palaches arecibo, Puerto Rico (EE, UU), 00613
  • Guy IM AKAJI National Nutrition Program of the Province of Kasai Oriental, Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Ndasha SUMBULA University of Mwene Ditu, Province of Lomami, Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Lasis D. KABEY Higher Institute of Medical Technology, Mbuji Mayi Province of Kasaï Oriental, Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Abra E. ATSAKOU Institute of technical and medical sciences of Mbuji Mayi Mbuji Mayi Province of Kasaï Oriental, Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Ézéchiel K. M'BAYA Saint Raphael Mbuji Mayi Ophthalmological Clinic Kasaï Oriental Province, Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Valentin B. MBULU
  • Fleur C. MBUYI
  • Kanowa PJ KABEYA
  • Séraphin KATI-COULIBALY
Keywords: Assessment, ready-to-use therapeutic food, DRC, Malnutition, child 6 to 59 months.

Abstract

This study aims to assess the consumption of RUTF in children aged 6 to 59 months. To do this, 436 children aged 6 to 59 months including girls 230 and 206 boys were selected for this study for a period of 6 months.

 This is a transversal descriptive study for analytical purposes which was carried out in the Kabeya Kamuanga Health Zone in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in 15 UNTA, between October 2019 and March 2020). Indeed, the quantitative approach was used for this study, we analyzed the data using the software "Epi-info" version 7.2.2.6 and "Excel" the usual measurements will be calculated.

 At the end of this study, the analyzes showed which female sex predominated (57.51%) with a sex ratio of 1.1 girl for a boy. The 32 to 38 month age group was represented by men with (26.70%). Concerning the consumption of RUTF, the average varies between 120 and 150 sachets of 92 gr or 0.8 to 1.25 cartons of RUTF and The large consumption of RUTF varies between 120 and 212 sachets of 92 gr, or 0.8 to 1 , 76 boxes represented by the 46 to 52 month age group (46.68%) and the male sex was the most represented (19.40%). Thus the age group from 19 to 24 months increased their entry weights (55.02%), while the entry and exit weight ratio (49.77%) increased their exit weights .

The main predictors of consumption could be influenced by the age, sex, state of health of the child. However, further additional studies are needed to confirm or refute this claim.

Author Biographies

Egnon K. V. KOUAKOU, Nutrition and Pharmacology Laboratory, UFR Biosciences, Felix Houphouet-Boigny University (UFHB), Abidjan, Côte d´Ivoire.

Nutrition and Pharmacology Laboratory,

Badiambile MPULUMBA, Faculty of Public Health, Official University of Mbuji-Mayi, Kasaï Oriental, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Faculty of Public Health, 

Jean. SK DJE, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, São Paulo State University (UNESP), Rodovia Araraquara-Jaú, Km 1, 14801 902, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Department of Food and Nutrition, 

Published
2020-05-28
How to Cite
KOUAKOU, E., MPULUMBA, B., NIABA, K. P., DJE, J. S., MUDIMBIYI, N., AKAJI, G. I., SUMBULA, N., KABEY, L. D., ATSAKOU, A. E., M’BAYA, Ézéchiel K., MBULU, V. B., MBUYI, F. C., KABEYA, K. P., & KATI-COULIBALY, S. (2020). Evaluation of the consumption of ready-to-use therapeutic food in therapeutic outpatient nutritional units in children aged 6 to 59 months. IJO - International Journal of Health Sciences and Nursing, 3(04), 06-17. Retrieved from http://ijojournals.com/index.php/hsn/article/view/345