PREVALENCE RATE OF MALNUTRITION ON CHILDREN AGES 0-59 MONTHS OLD IN LANTAWAN, BASILAN, PHILIPPINES
Luz Nielyne Villafranca*, Bonica Mae Genandoy, Annur Jhake Tingah, Gabriel Jalar, Rod Urban Velasco, Roderick Vargas and Romenick A. Molina
Malnutrition is one of the health issues revolving around the world. In the Municipality of Lantawan, Basilan, Philippines, malnutrition among children aged 0-59 months were registered. With this, the researchers aimed to determine the prevalence rate of malnutrition in Lantawan using the available secondary data from the Municipal Health Office. Data shows that there is a gradual decrease of malnutrition from 2013 onwards and a slight increase for the year 2017 and 2018. Since malnutrition cannot be totally eradicated, the Lantawan Health Office together with its stakeholders implement some programs to reduce the number of cases such as distribution of RUTF and conduct of lectures on proper diet and proper meal.
Keywords: Malnutrition, Prevalence Rate, RUTF, Severe Acute Malnutrition, Moderately Acute Malnutrition.
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