Collect the following data by conducting individual interviews with a representative sample of mothers of children aged 6-23.99/59.99 months:
1) Ask whether yesterday was a special day (religious festival or celebration) when an unusually varied or limited diet was eaten - if so, do not proceed with collecting dietary data as it is likely that they will not reflect typical food preparation practices.
2) List all meals that the child aged 6-23/59 months consumed the previous day in the Recording Meals Form (see below).
3) For each meal, ask the following questions (included in the Recording Meals Form - see below).
RECOMMENDED SURVEY QUESTIONS (Q) AND POSSIBLE ANSWERS (A)
Q1: When did you prepare this meal?
1) less than two hours before the child ate it
2) more than two hours before the child ate it
(ask the following question only if the previous answer is “more than two hours”)
Q2: Before you gave the food to your child, did you reheat it or did you provide it as it was?
A2: reheated / provided as it was
(ask the following question only if the previous answer is “reheated”)
Q3: How much did you warm up the food? Did you reheat it just a little bit so that the child can eat it immediately? Or did you reheat it to being very hot so you had to wait for it to cool down before giving it to the child?
A3: reheated to being warm / reheated to being very hot
4) As a next step, record on the tablet or paper questionnaire whether all the meals the child ate were either prepared less than two hours before eating or reheated to being very hot. It is sufficient to have two answers:
i) meals were prepared less than two hours before eating OR were reheated to being very hot
ii) meals were prepared more than two hours before eating and were not reheated to being very hot
Meals were prepared in a recommended way if they were either 1) prepared less than two hours before the child ate them or 2) reheated to (almost) boiling.
To calculate the indicator’s value, divide the number of mothers who prepared the meals in the recommended way by the total number of interviewed mothers who during the previous day and night served any type of meal to their child. Multiply the result by 100 to convert it to a percentage.