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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), pp. 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

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e-pub ahead of print date: 17 December 2011
Published date: March 2012
Organisations: Social Statistics & Demography


Local EPrints ID: 300600
ISSN: 1353-8292
PURE UUID: 3133b5ab-d8de-449e-8a89-bd2e5ce6ffcf
ORCID for Nyovani Madise: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 23 Feb 2012 08:41
Last modified: 03 Oct 2017 16:40

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Author: Jean Christophe Fotso
Author: Nyovani Madise ORCID iD
Author: Angela Baschieri
Author: John Cleland
Author: Eliya Zulu
Author: Martin Kavao Mutua
Author: Hildah Essendi

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