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Sierra Leone National Nutrition Survey 1989


General Info
Original or alternative title 
Sierra Leone National Nutrition Survey: Phase I, October 1989
Time period covered 
10/1989 - 10/1989
Data type
  • Cross-sectional
  • Household
  • Individual
  • Interview
  • Urban-rural representative

The Sierra Leone National Nutrition Survey conducted in 1989 aimed to collect information on the nutritional status of children under 5 years of age, determine prevalence of malnutrition, and factors related to nutritional status. Children were surveyed with mothers or primary caretakers acting as principal informational sources during interviews. Interviews covered topics such as dietary patterns, household characteristics, feeding practices, and episodes of diarrhea. Child anthropometric measurements were taken and in the Moyamba District, blood tests were conducted to detect parasites and to measure hemoglobin levels.

Districts were randomly chosen from each health province. 1,809 children in urban areas and 2,615 children in rural areas were selected. A total of 4,424 children were sampled.

A preliminary report may be available through library systems.