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LOCALLY MADE INDIGENOUS SUPPLEMENTARY MIXTURE (INSUMIX) AS AN

INTERVENTION FOR THE NUTRITIONAL STATUS OF CHILDREN 6 TO 24


MONTHS OLD OF BARANGAYS SAN JOSE AND DANAO,
SERGIO OSMEA, ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE.
By: Milan Khadka

Barangay Biayon, Zamboanga del Noete

Level IV-S.Y: 2016-2017

Background

In The Philippines currently malnutrition rate among less than 2 years old children is 26.2%
FNRI says lack of access to highly nutritious foods is the leading cause.
Municipality of Sergio Osmea ranks 1st in incidence of malnutrition in Zamboanga del Norte
Barangay San Jose is largest barangay and highest incidence of malnutrition in Sergio Osmea.
Survey done on November 2016 shows, in barangay San Jose among 42 children aging 6 - 24
months

- 13 (40%) are underweight

- 6 (14%) are severely underweight

- 12 (29%) are stunted

- 21 ( 50%) severely stunted

Barangay San Jose is largest barangay and highest incidence of malnutrition in Sergio Osmea.
Survey done on November 2016 shows, in barangay San Jose among 42 children aging 6 - 24
months

- 13 (40%) are underweight

- 6 (14%) are severely underweight

- 12 (29%) are stunted

- 21 ( 50%) severely stunted

Objective

This study aims to determine the effect of locally made INSUMIX on the nutritional
status of children aged 6 months to 24 months in Barangay San Jose and Danao, Sergio
Osmea, Zamboanga del Norte.

Methodology

The study utilized the pre and post interventional experimental study to determine the effect of locally
produced INSUMIX on the nutritional status of children 6 months to 24 months.
Results

There was a significant improvement in the nutritional status of children regarding their height and
weight.

Weight monitoring before the intervention showed that 51% of the respondents did not have normal
weight for age (underweight and severely underweight) while 83% of the respondents did not have
normal height for age (stunted and severely stunted). INSUMIX which was produced by using locally
available ingredients corn flour, mongo beans, carrot, squash and sesame seeds was given on daily basis
for 3 months to the respondents. After 3 months of INSUMIX feeding, results showed that only 15% did
not have normal weight for age and only 38% did not have normal height for age. There was a mean
weight gain of 1.1 kg and mean height gain of 8.2 cm after 3 months of INSUMIX consumption.

Conclusion

After daily consumption of INSUMIX for 3 months there was a significant mean weight
increase by 1.1 kg and height by 8.2 cm. 19 out of 27 respondents attained normal weight and
24 out of 44 respondents gained normal height within the span of 3 months. Given these
results it can be concluded that locally made INSUMIX is effective in improving the
nutritional status of children 6 to 24 months old.