Volume 74, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


This study conducted in Uganda assessed the nutritional status of young children and their disease history in the 3-month period before the study. Two groups of children were randomly selected: the first group consisted of 105 children living in homes where a family member fell sick of AIDS, whereas the second group consisted of 100 children who were living in homes where nobody was affected by AIDS. Acute malnutrition (wasting) was rare. There was no difference in the severity of stunting in the two groups (Z scores, −2.1 versus −2.2, = 0.70). In those children living in AIDS-affected homes, disease episodes were longer (15.7 versus 11.3 days, = 0.014), but the frequency of disease occurrence was similar in both groups. Fifty-five percent of all children suffered from moderate to severe malnutrition (stunting). The high stunting rate in early childhood suggests a public nutritional intervention program is recommended.


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  • Received : 04 Nov 2005
  • Accepted : 21 Dec 2005
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