Jib Acharya: A comparative study of nutritional problems in pre-school aged children of Nepal

Jib Acharya in a poster presentation being done at GSGP Conference, Cambridge 2013

Researcher: Jib Acharya

Working alongside Bournemouth University’s School of Health and Social Care and supervised by Professor Edwin van Teijlingen, Dr. Jane Murphy and Dr. Martin Hind, PhD student Jib Acharya has been conducting research and fieldwork in the Kaski district of Nepal to measure the level of knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about the nutritious food provided for pre-school aged children amongst rural and urban mothers.

Objectives of this study

  • To know the depth of knowledge of food for children amongst mothers of rural and urban and how this links with food purchasing & consumption.
  • To find out the attitudes and beliefs regarding food amongst rural and urban mothers in Nepal.
  • To assess health-seeking behaviour for malnourished children in rural and urban communities and rationales for choices in health services to overcome illnesses (Where they go for treatment such as health institutions – private or government or traditional/spiritual healer or quack.)
  • To collect information about the knowledge, attitudes & beliefs on nutritious food within the female community.
  • To determine factors that affect the availability of food (last six months); where they can access good food at     religious & cultural events.
  • To determine the challenges that exist for mothers giving their children food and how they attempt to overcome them.
  • To measure the level of knowledge of and attitudes towards health promotion.

Research Questions:

What is the level of knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about the food recommendation for preschool aged children amongst rural and urban mothers?

Epidemiological study

  • Establish population-based problems using epidemiological data of the nutritional status of pre-school aged     children (aged 3 to 5 years) in Kaski district of Nepal.
  • Identify higher risk groups for under-nutrition: gender, age, caste/ethic group, wealth ranking etc.

Research Methods:

Mixed method approach (Quantitative and Qualitative). Data to be collected via interview questionnaires and focus group discussions and analysed  by SPSS™ software for Quantitative data and Nvivo™ for Qualitative data respectively.

Research sample size is estimated at 473 individuals with the following exclusion criteria of 0-35 month old children, children over the age of 5 years old and breast-feeding children.

Research ethical considerations to be regulated by Bournemouth University and Nepal Health Research Council (NHRC)

Research is funded by Sight and Life Switzerland, the Global Supplementary Program/OSF Europe and Bournemouth University’s Post-Graduate Research Development Fund.


Jib Archarya - Nepal

Researchers involved in data collection in Nepal.