Examining The Root Causes Of Poor Nutrition

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Student name: Manasseh Eric Muvandimwe
Supervisor name: Catherine Kirk
Project title: Examining the root causes of poor recovery from moderate acute malnutrition among children enrolled in a supplemental food program in a rural health center of Rwanda.
PART 1. INTRODUCTION
Background (provide a short description of how the problem was discovered, the magnitude of the problem, the significance of the problem)
Malnutrition remains a big challenge and complex issue that needs special attention globally. In 2011, around 314 million children under five years of age presented with failure to reach full potential linear growth (known as stunting), and another 258 million presented with below normal weight (Stevens et al., 2012). These conditions of poor nutritional status have negative impacts on cognitive development and overall economic development of countries (Fink et al., 2016). Stunting results from chronic malnutrition, and a major contributor to stunting is prolonged bouts of under nutrition and cycles of acute malnutrition, and such cycles are especially impactful during the first 2 years of a child’s life (Collins, 2007a).

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A consent form in both English and Kinyarwanda will be available for the participants, the researcher will read for those who cannot read and will be asked to provide a fingerprint or to bring a witness who can sign. Furthermore, the data collector will explain to the participant the methodology and tool including recorder to be used to collect data, encourage the free will to participate but also withdraw will be participant’s right. Participation in this study will be voluntary and there will be no direct benefit to the

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