Primary child health services do not reach the majority especially in depressed areas contributing to the high incidence of malnutrition and infectious disease like diarrhea and acute respiratory infection (ARI). In Leyte, a MAKAPAWA program exists in which its approach to primary health care is through a Community-Based Under Five Clinic (CB-UFC) emphasizing community participation and self-reliance. The present study compared the weight for age, immunization status and occurence of diarrhea and ARI children from randomly selected MAKAPAWA CB-UFC and those from other economically similar communities without CB-UFC. Statistical analysis used binomial distribution, Chi-square test, and one-tailed t-test. It was found out that the group with a CB-UFC had children with significant improvement on the nutritional status after 18 months, higher immunization coverage, lower percentage of occurence of diarrhea and hospitalization for ARI. It is shown in this study, that the presence of a CB-UFC can be one of the key answers in the delivery of primary child health care to improve the health status of children especially in underserved areas.
General Objective:To determine whether the presence of an accessible CB-UFC will make a difference on a certain aspects of the health of children in depressed areas.Specific Objectives: To compare the weight for age, immunization status and occurance of acute respiratory tract infection (ARI) and diarrhea of children with and without regular attendance at a CB-UFC.