15.6.2  How to classify nutritional status and anaemia

As you read in Study Session 7, adequate feeding is essential for a child’s growth and development. Poor feeding during infancy can have a lifelong effect, so recognising problems and improving feeding if necessary is an important task for you as a Health Extension Practitioner.

There are six classifications for a child’s nutritional status and anaemia:

  • Severe malnutrition
  • Very low weight
  • Not very low weight
  • Severe anaemia
  • Anaemia
  • No anaemia.

Take another look at the descriptions in Study Session 7 of this Module, if you need to remind yourself how to assess nutritional status and anaemia, and what recommendations you can give a mother for feeding her infant and young children in ways appropriate to their age and needs.

15.6.1  How to assess for malnutrition and anaemia

15.7  HIV infection