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Selective feeding centres in refugee settings: evaluation framework protocol

Renzaho, Andre 2002, Selective feeding centres in refugee settings: evaluation framework protocol, Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 237-245.

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Title Selective feeding centres in refugee settings: evaluation framework protocol
Author(s) Renzaho, Andre
Journal name Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition
Volume number 11
Issue number 3
Start page 237
End page 245
Publisher Blackwell Science Asia
Place of publication Carlton, Vic.
Publication date 2002
ISSN 0964-7058
1440-6047
Keyword(s) evaluation
feeding programs
malnutrition
refugees
Summary Selective feeding programs are centres for the treatment of persons suffering from acute malnutrition. Unlike chronic malnutrition, acute malnutrition reflects recent problems. In a crisis situation, wasting is preferred above other indicators because it is sensitive to rapid change, indicates present change, can be used to monitor the impact of interventions and is a good predictor of immediate mortality risk. This paper reviews the current approach being used in the field to evaluate the effectiveness of feeding programs. There is no comprehensive evaluation framework in place to assess the impact of feeding programs on mortality due to malnutrition. Some loose outcome measures, such as the number of children enrolled in a feeding centre, are being used to determine if a feeding centre should continue. In addition, malnutrition prevalence and crude mortality rates determined through nutritional and mortality surveys are used to assess the impact of feeding programs. This procedure does not take into account potential confounding factors that impact on malnutrition prevalence, including access to non-relief foods and the general food ration. Therefore, one could not confidently say that the reduction of malnutrition prevalence is a result of feeding programs. This paper presents an alternative approach to evaluating feeding centres.
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Language eng
Field of Research 111708 Health and Community Services
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Elsevier Ltd
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