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J Trop Pediatr. 2004 Apr;50(2):116-9.

Day-care centre supplementary feeding effects on child nutrition in urban slum areas of Nepal.

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  • 1Department of International Community Health, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, Japan.


We compared the nutritional status of children aged 1-5 years from slums attending two day-care centres (DCCs) in Nepal (one in an urban slum area) with that of non-attendees to evaluate the impact of supplementary feeding. We measured the anthropometrics of 23 children attending two DCCs and 23 matched controls from the same neighbourhood and interviewed their mothers. We found a better nutritional status, particularly the height-for-age Z-score, among the attendees of the DCC with children's longer attendance, but no difference at the other, although attendees who had been fed for longer tended to show better nutrition. Our study indicates that in the least developed countries good quality day-care of sufficient duration has the potential to improve child nutrition.

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