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Health and Nutrition Interventions for Low-Income and Underserved Black and Coloured Mothers in South Africa: A Qualitative Case Study of a Community-Based Organization in the Western Cape

Author: SIMONE MARTIN-HOWARD
Published in JHHSA, Vol. 42 No. 1

Few empirical studies focus on the underreported voices of low-income and underserved Black and Coloured mothers that participate in community-based organizations (CBOs) in South Africa (SA). Perceptions about the impact of participation in a health and nutrition program on behavior change of 19 select women who received assistance from a CBO in the Western Cape Province (WCP) are presented. Based on findings from data collected in 2017, mothers expressed food insecurity and improved nutritional choices as the two main factors that impede healthy lifestyles and the positive outcomes of participation, respectively. Women expressed the need and value of the CBO in their township, cited the importance of obtaining food for themselves and their children, and described changes in nutritional behavior since joining the organization. Findings from this research adds to the knowledge of CBOs on health and nutrition interventions for low-income and underserved populations in SA and internationally.

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