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Title: Postpartum nutrition education services for HIV-positive Ghanaian women are scarce despite their increased risk of weight loss
Authors: Chehayber, Hoda
School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, McGill University
Issue Date: Jun-2011
Publisher: School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, McGill University
Abstract: Predictors of weight change throughout the first year postpartum were examined using data from 314 Ghanaian HIV-positive (HIV-P) and HIV-negative (HIV-N) women. The overall effect over one year postpartum was a loss in average weight in HIV-P women and a gain in average weight in HIV-N women. After controlling for confounders, weight change was negatively associated with being HIV-P and having a higher number of days of breastfeeding and illness, and positively associated with being a trader. To complement the quantitative analysis, qualitative data on nutrition education services provided to HIV-P women in Ghana were collected through focus group discussions with 38 HIV-P women, and semi-structured interviews with 12 health workers, 5 non-governmental and governmental personnel and a community leader. Financial insecurity, low support from health services, and stigma limited the women‟s ability to follow recommendations received. Barriers to providing more nutrition education included lack of audience-appropriate materials and in-service training. HIV-P women may need individualized nutrition counselling to help them maintain a normal weight during the postpartum period.
Description: Contribution by co-authors G.S. Marquis, A. Lartey, R. Perez-Escamilla, R. Mazur,L. Brakohiapa, and T. Johns
Includes abstract in French
Project Number: 104519
Project Title: International Research Chairs Initiative (IRCI)
Appears in Collections:IDRC Research Results / Résultats de recherches du CRDI
Improving child nutrition / Améliorer l’état nutritionnel des enfants
2010-2019 / Années 2010-2019

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