oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Nutritional status of an urban community in Zimbabwe

Volume 31, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



It is commonly accepted that in the developing world there is a great burden of ill-health associated with malnutrition. Studies in rural Zimbabwe show that around 30% of rural preschool children are below the 3rd percentile for age on the Boston scale and that in this age group many deaths occur from proximate-causes such as measles, diarrhoeal and respiratory diseases. But what of the urban communities? Much can be gleaned from the reports of medical officers of health but a number of questions remain unanswered. Therefore, to get a general picture of the nutritional status of the urban black population, a small-scale survey was undertaken in Luveve, one of the dormitory suburbs of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

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