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Public Health Nutr. 2009 Dec;12(12):2302-8. doi: 10.1017/S1368980009005333. Epub 2009 Apr 6.

Anaemia and associated factors among under-fives and their mothers in Bushenyi district, Western Uganda.

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Department of Food Science and Technology, Makerere University, PO Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda.



To determine the prevalence of anaemia and associated factors among under-fives and their mothers in a rural area of Western Uganda.


A cross-sectional investigation using both qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection. Stratified multistage sampling methods were used to select the study sample. A haemoglobinometer was used to assess Hb levels in the blood.


A rural district in Western Uganda.


Children aged 6-59 months and their mothers aged 15-49 years.


The overall prevalence of Fe-deficiency anaemia among children and their mothers was 26.2 % and 17.9 %, respectively. There was a significant correlation (r = 0.5, P = 0.008) between the Hb levels of the mothers and their children. Place of birth, age of the child, factors related to complementary foods, and formal education and nutrition knowledge of the mother were major factors that were significantly associated (r = 0.05, P = 0.05) with low Hb levels among the children. The most important factors that were associated with low Hb levels of the mothers were their formal education, nutrition knowledge and health status.


Fe-deficiency anaemia was found to be a major problem in this cohort of children and their mothers. Dietary factors and sociodemographic factors were the major factors associated with high levels of anaemia among the children and their mothers. It is therefore recommended that rural mothers should be sensitized on best practices for prevention of anaemia among both women and children.

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