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Factors associated with the prevalence of diarrhoea among children in rural areas of Enugu State, Nigeria: Practice considerations for social workers
International Social Work  (IF1.349),  Pub Date : 2021-09-28, DOI: 10.1177/00208728211034229
Casmir Odo, Chinyere Onalu, Uche Nwatu, Nneka Nwafor, Samuel Ebimgbo

Poor health conditions such as diarrhoea are often associated with low- and middle-income countries. Diarrhoea in Nigeria contributes to an estimated 151,700 (16%) annual infant deaths, with a prevalence of 10–18 percent. With the high rate of diarrhoea-related infant mortality, it becomes important to investigate the barriers to its prevention. Data were sourced using five Focus Group Discussions involving 18 health workers and 30 nursing mothers. Findings show high prevalence of diarrhoea and identified ignorance, cultural/religious beliefs, and lack of funds as major barriers to its prevention. To address these problems, engaging social workers as welfare professionals is recommended.