Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

Spring 4-23-2013

School

College of Arts and Sciences

Major

Nursing (B.S.N.)

Primary Subject Area

Health Sciences, Nursing

Keywords

Nursing, Malnutrition, Children, Uganda, Healthcare

Disciplines

Pediatric Nursing

Abstract

Every day there are children in underdeveloped countries, such as Uganda, who are struggling to survive on minimal food, money, and other resources. These children do not have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of a normal childhood because their main focus is on survival. Many of these children will die because of preventable disease and starvation that have resulted from the endless cycle of poverty and lack of education. Those who are lucky enough to survive must fight a daily battle to find the nutrients they need and to combat the diseases they may acquire. It is heartbreaking to know that the lives of so many children are being needlessly cut short due to circumstances beyond their control. If they were assisted, their self-sufficiency may increase and overall quality of life may be improved, including that of future generations. In order to better understand these concepts, this paper will focus on identifying the main health concerns affecting the children of Uganda, with a main focus on children <5 years old. The causes and effects of these health concerns will be explained to demonstrate the need for improved healthcare. This paper will also address ways to treat and prevent this growing problem including the benefits of improving healthcare.

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