Anthropometry and childhood mortality in Northwest and Southwest Uganda

V. Vella, A. Tomkins, A. Borghesi, G. B. Migliori, J. Ndiku, B. C. Adriko

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Two longitudinal studies were carried out in northwest and southwest Uganda to examine the relationship between anthropometry and childhood mortality. Although the prevalence of malnutrition was significantly different between the two geographic areas, the relative risk for mortality associated with low levels of anthropometry was similar. When the anthropometric parameters were compared among each other, mid-upper arm circumference was found to be the most powerful predictor of mortality. The findings of this study confirm that mid-upper arm circumference is the indicator of choice to identify children at higher risk of death.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1616-1618
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1993

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Vella, V., Tomkins, A., Borghesi, A., Migliori, G. B., Ndiku, J., & Adriko, B. C. (1993). Anthropometry and childhood mortality in Northwest and Southwest Uganda. American Journal of Public Health, 83(11), 1616-1618.