Temporal changes and determinants of childhood nutritional status in Kenya and Zambia

by Daniel Hoffman, Thomas Cacciola, Pamela Barrios et al.
Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, 2017 36:27 – Published: 5 June 2017

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The prevalence of undernutrition is decreasing in many parts of the developing world, but challenges remain in many countries. The objective of this study was to determine factors influencing childhood nutrition status in Kenya and Zambia. The authors found that there was a decreased prevalence of stunting (35% in Kenya and 40% in Zambia), while the prevalence of wasting was unchanged (6–8% in both countries). From 1998 to 2009, there was a protective effect against stunting for wealthier families and households with electricity, for both countries. Finally, better educated mothers were less likely to have stunted children and girls were less likely to be stunted than boys.

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