Reducing child malnutrition in Nigeria: Combined effects of income growth and provision of information about mothers' access to health care services

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Abstract

Using a sample of 1359 Nigerian households from the 2003 Demographic and Health Surveys, this article investigates the contribution of improved maternal information about access to community health services toward the reduction of child stunting and undernourishment. The analysis shows that family wealth and region-specific knowledge about community health care access positively affects child nutrition status measured by height-for-age and weight-for-age. However, these nutrition gains can be reinforced or tempered by differences in mother's education and/or her access to community health services. These findings suggest that interventions which enhance public knowledge about availability and access to health care could strengthen more general development-oriented child nutrition-enhancing interventions, such as poverty reduction or growth in health services infrastructure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1973-1980
Number of pages8
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Volume71
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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