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Factors Associated with Stunting among Children under 5 Years in Five South Asian Countries (2014-2018): Analysis of Demographic Health Surveys.

Wali N, Agho KE, Renzaho AM
School of Social Sciences, Western Sydney University, Locked Bag 1797, Penrith, NSW 2751, Australia.

Abstract

South Asia continues to be the global hub for child undernutrition with 35% of children still stunted in 2017. This paper aimed to identify factors associated with stunting among children aged 0-23 months, 24-59 months, and 0-59 months in South Asia. A weighted sample of 564,518 children aged 0-59 months from the most recent Demographic and Health Surveys (2014-2018) was combined of five countries in South Asia. Multiple logistic regression analyses that adjusted for clustering and sampling weights were used to examine associated factors. The common factors associated with stunting in three age groups were mothers with no schooling ([adjusted odds ratio (AOR) for 0-23 months = 1.65; 95% CI: (1.29, 2.13)]; [AOR for 24-59 months = AOR = 1.46; 95% CI: (1.27, 1. 69)] and [AOR for 0-59 months = AOR = 1.59; 95% CI: (1.34, 1. 88)]) and maternal short stature (height < 150 cm) ([AOR for 0-23 months = 2.00; 95% CI: (1.51, 2.65)]; [AOR for 24-59 months = 3.63; 95% CI: (2.87, 4.60)] and [AOR for 0-59 months = 2.87; 95% CI: (2.37, 3.48)]). Study findings suggest the need for a balanced and integrated nutrition strategy that incorporates nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions with an increased focus on interventions for children aged 24-59 months.

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Publication

  • Journal: Nutrients
  • Published: 18/12/2020
  • Volume: 12
  • Issue: 12
  • Pagination: E3875

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