Evaluation of the consumption of ready-to-use therapeutic food in therapeutic outpatient nutritional units in children aged 6 to 59 months.
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 18.104.22.168 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.
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