Determinants of child nutrition and mortality in north-west Uganda

V. Vella, A. Tomkins, A. Borghesi, G. B. Migliori, B. C. Adriko, E. Crevatin

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An anthropometric survey of children aged 0-59 months in north-west Uganda in February-March 1987 indicated a high prevalence of stunting but little wasting. Use of unprotected water supplies in the dry season, prolonged breast-feeding, and age negatively affected nutrition; in contrast, parental education level improved nutrition. Mortality during the 12 months following the survey was higher among those who had low weight-for-age and weight-for-height, but children who had low height-for-age did not have higher mortality. Weight-for-age was the most sensitive predictor of mortality at specificities >88%, while at lower specificity levels weight-for-height was the most sensitive. Children whose fathers' work was associated with the distillation of alcohol had a higher risk of mortality than other children. The lowest mortality was among children whose fathers were business men or who grew tobacco.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)637-643
Number of pages7
JournalBulletin of the World Health Organization
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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