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Improving community nutrition, care, and health 

Improving community nutrition, care, and health
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Improving community nutrition, care, and health
Author(s):

Jennifer N. Nielsen

and Pooja Pandey Rana

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199685226.003.0027
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date: 20 January 2020

This chapter identifies barriers that prevent women, children, and other vulnerable groups from receiving the care and good health they need to be well nourished, and explains how to remove them. These barriers include inadequate child feeding and inappropriate sharing of food within households; infection and anti-nutrients are barriers to food being used efficiently within the body. The chapter recognizes that women, who are the main providers of household meals, have heavy workloads and they need support to lessen these. Activities are suggested to improve women’s status, education, and health care. The importance of family planning, including discouraging adolescent pregnancy, in improving the nutrition of women and their babies is explained. Improvements in living conditions, especially access to clean water, and sanitation services, and fuel-efficient stoves can reduce infection, save fuel and money, and protect women’s health.

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