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The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 71, Issue 10, pp 879–882 | Cite as

Diarrhea prevention through food safety education

  • Mini ShethEmail author
  • Monika Obrah
Original Article

Abstract

Objective: Food safety education (FSE) was imparted in order to reduce the prevalence of diarrhea in children and improving the knowledge, attitude and practices of mothers regarding safe feeding practices.Methods: The study was conducted on mothers (n=200) of underprivileged children (6–24 months) throughAnganwadi workers (AWW). The food safety education package incorporated three messages: washing hands with soap and water, avoid feeding leftover food and keep surrounding clean. These were imparted using lectures, slogans, posters, charts, flash cards, role-play. Calendars and leaflets were also handed over to the mothers as education material. After food safety education intervention, the households were studied again as at the baseline, on various aspects.Result: There was 52% reduction in the incidence of diarrhea. The environmental sanitation and personal hygiene scores of most of the households and mothers improved. Improvement in the practice of hand-washing and avoidance of feeding leftovers to children was seen. There was reduction in the microbial load in the hand rinse samples of both mothers and children.Conclusion: AWW proved to be effective change agents and FSE was successful in bringing about a positive behavior modification in mothers.

Key words

Food safety Diarrhea Children Behavior modification Mothers Education 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Foods and Nutrition, Faculty of Home ScienceThe Maharaja Sayajirao University of BarodaGujaratIndia

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