Factors associated with high malnutrition rates in children under five years in Karamoja region
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The study based on data from the UDHS 2016 and it considered respondents from Karamoja region Uganda. The study also based on children under-five years. The majority of the respondents were from rural areas (86.9%), had no education (70.1%) and belonged to the poorest households (81.8%). The highest proportion of respondents belonged to the catholic faith (75.8%), there children were below 1 year (33.2%) and were male (54.1%). At bivariate analysis results showed that there was no significant relationship between malnutrition and other background factors. This was as a result of p-value<0.05. At multivariate analysis, associated was found to exist between malnutrition and level of education, religion and age of the child at 95% confidence interval were by categories had odds ratios greater than 1. Results from the analysis show that there was no influence of social demographic factors on malnutrition among children under five years in Karamoja region. Therefore the study urges more research about malnutrition to be done on the national level to bring about the relationship between malnutrition and background factors. Basing on the findings of the study, the researcher recommends that the region of Karamoja adopts exclusive breast feeding programs in order to encourage mother breast feed their babies to eliminate cases of underweight and stunning growth among the children under-five years in Karamoja.