Utilising dais to impart health and nutrition education: Impact on growth
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To judge the usefulness of deploying indigenous dais, after suitable training, in improving knowledge of mothers on sound practices of infant care an evaluative study was conducted during 1982–84 in Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh. The average weights of infants in the intervention area (IA) were significantly different from those of the non-intervention area (NIA), in the age group 4–6 months and 7–9 months. Deviations in relation to age were found to be minimum at three months and widened as age progressed. Thus objective evaluation of growth of children revealed that intervention by dais after suitable training proved to be effective.
Key wordsIndigenous dais Infant care Harvard weight standards Breast feeding and Growth
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