Open Access Research Article Article ID: JHCSR-2-109

    Nutritional outcomes in HIV-Exposed Infants in the Mingha Program, Dschang-Cameroon (2003-2011)

    Sanou Sobze Martin, Djeunang Dongho Ghyslaine Bruna*, Russo Gianluca, Zefack Yannick, Sali Ben Bechir Adogaye, Tsi Kien-Atsu, Fotso Jimmy Roger, Tiotsia Tsapi Armand, Ercoli Lucia, Colizzi Vittorio and Zambou Ngoufack Francois

    Background: Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) is a set of interventions that contribute in reducing the risk of HIV transmission from mother (parents) to the child. The infant feeding choice in the HIV context remains a key item of PMTCT. This study aimed at evaluating the nutritional status of children followed by the Mingha / PMTCT program in the Dschang Health District (DHD) during 09 years of activities. We used a descriptive study based on retrospective data from an intervention conducted at the DHD between 2003 and 2011 on a group of mother-child pairs in the PMTCT (Mingha/PMTCT) facilitation program. The intervention was the formula feeding given to the children from birth till 18 months. The data collected was analyzed using SPSS Version 18 software.

    Results: Among 328 children accessed, we had a sex ratio of 0.83 with more boys than girls. Severe wasting was found only within 11 boys (3.26%) and only <6 months old children were concerned.Moderate wasting was found among 6 girls (1.74%) and 5 boys (1.52%) and <6 months old children were highly concerned 10 (3.17%). Overweight (3.26%) was highly predominant among 8 boys (2.24%) and except those of <6 months, all the other age groups were concerned. There were no cases of obesity or stunting.

    Conclusions: The nutritional status of the Mingha/PMTCT program children was quite satisfactory. It characterizes the hope for a suitable nutritional follow up of children in HIV context.Therefore programs like Mingha/PMTCT should be promoted and transferred to other Health Districts and even resource-limited Countries.


    Published on: Mar 31, 2015 Pages: 16-22

    Full Text PDF Full Text HTML DOI: 10.17352/2455-3786.000009
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