An assessment of food and sanitation practices in northeast Thailand
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The plight of the chronically undernourished, a staggering 50—75 percent of our world's population, will only be improved village by village. Massive programs are distinguished for helping the well-off and leaving the poor just as they were. This study was initiated by a private agency in Northeast Thailand, The Issan Development Foundation, to assess the food and sanitation practices of the villagers in the area where they sponsor agricultural development projects. A qualitative study was done at the micro level with the use of a structured questionnaire that allowed time for open-ended conversation. The data gathered have been useful in making comparisons with macro-level statistics from Thailand's Ministry of Health. Comments and observations made by the villagers regarding how they felt about their lives have enriched the study and will sensitize the leaders of the Foundation and donor agencies to the important concerns of the population. Proteincalorie malnutrition is indicated, and is accompanied by the expected conditions of poor sanitation, an unsafe water supply and poverty. Intervention recommendations include expansion of agricultural development projects along with nutrition education.