Nutrition knowledge, attitudes and practices of caregivers of children with cerebral palsy in Kibera informal settlement, Nairobi, Kenya
Children with cerebral palsy depend on their caregivers for feeding among other things. This makes the nutritional knowledge, attitudes and practices of their caregivers something of interest when considering the nutritional status of these children. The study area is Kibera informal settlement, an area located in the outskirts of Kenya’s capital city-Nairobi. Caregivers of children with cerebral palsy will be targeted because the children are dependent on them for feeding and care. The objectives of the study are: to establish the socio-demographic, socio-cultural and socio-economic characteristics of the caregivers of children with cerebral palsy in Kibera informal settlement., to determine the nutritional knowledge of the caregivers, to establish the attitudes towards nutrition of their children among the caregivers of children with cerebral palsy, to establish the feeding practices of the caregivers and to establish the relationship between the nutritional knowledge, attitudes and the practices of the caregivers of children with cerebral palsy in Kibera informal settlement. This is a cross-sectional analytical study on a comprehensive sample of all children with cerebral palsy between 5 and 18 years in special schools, institutions and organizations in Kibera informal settlement. A structured questionnaire will be used to collect data on demographic, socioeconomic characteristics and feeding practices. To determine the nutritional status, nutri-survey will be used for analysis of dietary intake data from 24 hour recall responses and anthopometric data. Quantitative data from questionnaires will be entered and analysed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) and Microsoft Excel. Associations will be tested using chi-square for categorical variables and student t-test for numerical variables. Statistical significance will be determined by a p-value of 0.05. The analysis and presentation will also be in the form of frequency tables, charts and graphs. The findings will provide information which will be helpful in developing interventions that will help improve the nutritional well-being of children with cerebral palsy.