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How important are community characteristics in influencing children's nutritional status? Evidence from Malawi population-based household and community surveys

How important are community characteristics in influencing children's nutritional status? Evidence from Malawi population-based household and community surveys
How important are community characteristics in influencing children's nutritional status? Evidence from Malawi population-based household and community surveys
Using the 2004 data from the Malawi Integrated Household Survey and the Malawi Community Survey, this study investigates the influence of community characteristics on stunting among children under five years of age in a rural context. Multilevel logistic regression modelling on 4284 children with stunting as the dependent variable shows that availability of daily markets and lineage defined in terms of patrilineal or matrilineal communities were significant community determinants of childhood stunting in Malawi. There were significant differences in socio-economic status between household heads from matrilineal and patrilineal communities. Implementation of strategies that empower communities and households economically such as supporting the establishment of community daily markets and promoting household income generating opportunities can effectively reduce the burden of childhood stunting in Malawi.
malawi, stunting, child under-nutrition, community characteristics, lineage
1353-8292
187-195
Chikhungu, Lana Clara
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Madise, Nyovani Janet
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Padmadas, Sabu S.
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Chikhungu, Lana Clara
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Madise, Nyovani Janet
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Padmadas, Sabu S.
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Chikhungu, Lana Clara, Madise, Nyovani Janet and Padmadas, Sabu S. (2014) How important are community characteristics in influencing children's nutritional status? Evidence from Malawi population-based household and community surveys. Health & Place, 30, 187-195. (doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2014.09.006).

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Using the 2004 data from the Malawi Integrated Household Survey and the Malawi Community Survey, this study investigates the influence of community characteristics on stunting among children under five years of age in a rural context. Multilevel logistic regression modelling on 4284 children with stunting as the dependent variable shows that availability of daily markets and lineage defined in terms of patrilineal or matrilineal communities were significant community determinants of childhood stunting in Malawi. There were significant differences in socio-economic status between household heads from matrilineal and patrilineal communities. Implementation of strategies that empower communities and households economically such as supporting the establishment of community daily markets and promoting household income generating opportunities can effectively reduce the burden of childhood stunting in Malawi.

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Published date: November 2014
Keywords: malawi, stunting, child under-nutrition, community characteristics, lineage
Organisations: Social Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 369913
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/369913
ISSN: 1353-8292
PURE UUID: 4acf1d9f-8357-477b-8205-a0e22c8e015f
ORCID for Nyovani Janet Madise: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2813-5295
ORCID for Sabu S. Padmadas: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6538-9374

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Date deposited: 08 Oct 2014 13:49
Last modified: 26 Nov 2021 02:47

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Author: Lana Clara Chikhungu
Author: Nyovani Janet Madise ORCID iD

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