Child growth in urban deprived settings: does household poverty status matter? At which stage of child development?

Fotso, Jean Christophe, Madise, Nyovani, Baschieri, Angela, Cleland, John, Zulu, Eliya, Mutua, Martin Kavao and Essendi, Hildah (2012) Child growth in urban deprived settings: does household poverty status matter? At which stage of child development? Health & Place, 18, (2), 375-384. (doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2011.12.003). (PMID:22221652).


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This paper uses longitudinal data from two informal settlements of Nairobi,Kenya to examine patterns of child growth and how these are affected by four different dimensions of poverty at the household level namely, expenditures poverty, assets poverty, food poverty, and subjective poverty. The descriptive results show a grim picture, with the prevalence of overall stunting reaching nearly60% in the agegroup 15–17 months and remaining almost constant thereafter. There is a strong association between food poverty and stunting among children aged 6–11months (po0.01), while assets poverty and subjective poverty have stronger relationships (po0.01) with undernutrition at older age(24 months or older for assets poverty, and 12 months or older for subjective poverty). The effect of expenditures poverty does not reach statistical significant in any agegroup. These findings shed light on the degree of vulnerability of urban poor infants and children and on the influences of various aspects of poverty measures

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2011.12.003
ISSNs: 1353-8292 (print)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DT Africa
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Social Sciences > Social Statistics & Demography
ePrint ID: 300600
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March 2012Published
17 December 2011Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2012 08:41
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:23
Unintended childbearing and family welfare in rural Malawi
Funded by: ESRC (ES/F038437/2)
2 December 2011 to 31 December 2012

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