ACT/Caritas conducted 2 nutrition surveys in Zalingei in July/August 2005. The survey of the camps took place between 28th and 31st July and included all IDP camps surrounding Zalingei town - Hassa Hissa (including Shebab), Hamidya and Kamsa Dagaic. The town survey was conducted 2-5th August.
To assess the nutritional status of the population.
To assess the crude and U5 mortality rate.
To assess morbidity affecting the U5 population in the last two weeks.
To assess Measles vaccination and Vitamin A coverage.
To assess feeding centre coverage in the camps.
The target population included children 6-59 months. Two stage cluster randomised sampling methodology was used, with 30 clusters of 32 children each. In total 994 children were measured in the IDP camps; 998 in town. During the analysis, 6 records were deleted for incorrect measurements in the IDP camp survey and 5 in the town survey, leaving samples of 988 and 993 respectively for analysis.
Sampling of Households
The definition of a household was taken as all members of the house that eat from the same cooking pot. All eligible children within a household were included in the survey.
Every household selected was interviewed with the household mortality questionnaire, even if they did not have any children from 6 - 59 months in order to provide an estimate of crude mortality in the population.
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