Determinants of malnutrition among urban slum children in Bangladesh

by Adnan M S Fakir and M Wasiqur Rahman Khan
Health Economics Review 2015, 5:22 (16 July 2015)

11 pp. 468 kB

This paper analyzes the role of child, maternal and household variables on weight-for-age nutritional status of children in the largest urban slum of Bangladesh. Health knowledge indices significantly improve child health albeit differentially. While male children are more sensitive to “child health precautions” and “medical cost knowledge”, female children are more sensitive to “health-seeking practices”. Policy makers looking to improve the nutritional status of female children vis-a-vis male children in study area, should promote programs focusing on health-seeking practices.

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