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Malnutrition and the disproportional burden on the poor: the case of Ghana

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dc.contributor.author Van de Poel, E. en_US
dc.contributor.author Hosseinpoor, A. R. en_US
dc.contributor.author Jehu-Appiah, C. en_US
dc.contributor.author Vega, J. en_US
dc.contributor.author Speybroeck, N. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2008-03-20T13:41:31Z
dc.date.available 2008-03-20T13:41:31Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.issn 1475-9276
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1475-9276-6-21
dc.identifier.other ELECTRONIC en_US
dc.identifier.other ITG-ALA en_US
dc.identifier.other ANIMAL en_US
dc.identifier.other U-ANIMAL en_US
dc.identifier.other DOI en_US
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dc.identifier.other UPD1 en_US
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dc.identifier.other ABSTRACT en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10390/2202
dc.description.abstract ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Malnutrition is a major public health and development concern in the developing world and in poor communities within these regions. Understanding the nature and determinants of socioeconomic inequality in malnutrition is essential in contemplating the health of populations in developing countries and in targeting resources appropriately to raise the health of the poor and most vulnerable groups. METHODS: This paper uses a concentration index to summarize inequality in children's height-for-age z-scores in Ghana across the entire socioeconomic distribution and decomposes this inequality into different contributing factors. Data is used from the Ghana 2003 Demographic and Health Survey. RESULTS: The results show that malnutrition is related to poverty, maternal education, health care and family planning and regional characteristics. Socioeconomic inequality in malnutrition is mainly associated with poverty, health care use and regional disparities. Although average malnutrition is higher using the new growth standards recently released by the World Health Organization, socioeconomic inequality and the associated factors are robust to the change of reference population. CONCLUSION: Child malnutrition in Ghana is a multisectoral problem. The factors associated with average malnutrition rates are not necessarily the same as those associated with socioeconomic inequality in malnutrition. en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.publisher BioMed Central en_US
dc.subject Malnutrition en_US
dc.subject Inequalities en_US
dc.subject Epidemiology en_US
dc.subject Risk factors en_US
dc.subject Socioeconomic factors en_US
dc.subject Poverty en_US
dc.subject Maternal factors en_US
dc.subject Educational level en_US
dc.subject Health services, needs and demand en_US
dc.subject Family planning en_US
dc.subject Utilization en_US
dc.subject Regional differences en_US
dc.subject Ghana en_US
dc.subject Africa, West en_US
dc.subject Developing countries en_US
dc.title Malnutrition and the disproportional burden on the poor: the case of Ghana en_US
dc.type Article-E en_US
dc.citation.issue 21 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle International Journal for Equity in Health en_US
dc.citation.volume 6 en_US
dc.citation.pages 12 en_US
dc.publisher.place London en_US
dc.identifier.pmid http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18045499
dc.identifier.url http://www.equityhealthj.com/content/6/1/21
dc.citation.jabbreviation Int J Equity Health en_US


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