Document Type : Research Paper


Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Mosul, Mosul, Iraq


Background: An instructive program related to nutrition is characterized as Any set of learning encounters planned to encourage intentional food possession and other nutrition-related behaviors conducive to health and well-being.
Aim: The study aims to investigate the effects of structural program on mothers' knowledge regarding weaning.  Subjects and
methods: The present study was carried out in Mosul City, four health care centers, 112 mothers who fulfilled the criteria. A structured Knowledge Questionnaire was filled for each one by ticking the correct answer. A pre special questionnaire was performed for knowledge take the correct answer then explain the educational program, mothers were intervented through five days sessions related to healthy weaning and basic nutritious food which were targeted directed to enhance knowledge of mothers about health food and hygein The questionnaire filled again after intervention as a post-test on the fifth day. Data was analysed to Frequencies and percentages were created for variables. The chi-square test, Fisher Exact test, and Z-test for two proportions.The ethical approval was gotten from the College of Medicine the College of Mosul and the Nineveh health directorate Ethical Committee.
Results: For the socio-demographic characteristics  44.6% of participants were aged between 16-24 years and majority of participants were housewives and half of particpants reported getting weaning information from family. Most of the questions were statistically significant except for Essential qualities of weaning food and Wait until the infants are 3-6 months was not significant
Conclusions: Education of the mothers with structural educational program was succeded in providing mother with good information regarding adequate nutrition in improving complementary feeding knowledge.


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