Problem

Ignorance of women concerning primary health care

Other Names:
Ignorance of women concerning appropriate child care
Ignorance of women concerning child bearing
Ignorance of women concerning weaning of infants
Ignorance of women concerning infant nutrition
Inadequate maternal education
Nature:
Infants and children under conditions of deprivation die a slow silent death as a consequence of: malnutrition of mothers, inattention during pregnancy and birth, and neglect of natural practices like breastfeeding; ignorance about when to wean and the foods suitable for that stage; helplessness in responding to common illnesses such as diarrhoea in infants and young children; lack of knowledge of, and lack of access to, immunization against common childhood illnesses; absence of awareness about deficiencies in iron, iodine and vitamin A which lead to debility, cretinism and blindness; indifference to, or ignorance about, the need to periodically watch the growth, in weight and height, of children, as an expression of their status of nutrition and health.
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
07.02.1999 – 00:00 CET