What is it about?

This study has addressed a very important issue in maternal and child health on the aspect of childhood nutrition as advocated by SDG3 target 3.4. Moreover, the study adhered to the research ethics and studied a large sample size at the community level to establish a real-life picture of feeding practices in the transitional stage from health facilities to homes among caregivers with under-five children

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Why is it important?

The findings from this study highlight the magnitude of feeding practice problems among caregivers with under-five children who are residing in the Dodoma region, Tanzania thus, they can be used in day-to-day hospital-home health activities by health professionals to assure a continuum adherence and implementation of the WHO MDD and MMF recommendations by them in the region. Health organs such as the ministry of health, professional organizations/unions non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and/or stakeholders in the health field revisit the existing nutritional educational guidelines alongside facilitation pedagogics/andragogy and strengthen their scope, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation for the continuum feeding practices among caregivers with under-five children at both health facilities and their homes. Needless to say, the findings of this study may disseminate and may serve as a base for large-scale studies interventions/projects or those that will establish causal-relationship more intensively need to be conducted in the region to address the problem accordingly


It has been our pleasure and we feel proud about this work as uncovering the magnitude of caregivers' feeding practice along with the related factors may inform the need for reviewing the existing strategies and developing or adopting innovative ones that are appropriate in empowering caregivers with under-five children with feeding metacognition and meta-competencies against childhood nutritional problems

Dr. Walter C. Millanzi
The University of Dodoma (UDOM)

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This page is a summary of: Feeding practices, dietary adequacy, and dietary diversities among caregivers with under-five children: A descriptive cross-section study in Dodoma region, Tanzania, PLoS ONE, March 2023, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0283036.
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