Cities, Slums, and Early Child Growth: Empirical Evidence from Bangladesh

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Sectors:
Child Development, Nutrition
Organization:
South Asia Food and Nutrition Security Initiative (SAFANSI)
Author:
South Asia Food and Nutrition Security Initiative (SAFANSI)
Region:
South Asia
Resource Publication Date:
June, 2017
Content Format:
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This study suggests that slum residents may need a wide array of nutrition-sensitive programs active at once in order to generate large, durable gains in nutrition status. The study investigates the effects of demographic and socioeconomic factors on early child growth in Bangladesh by using household survey data representative of large cities, and of slum and non-slum areas. Mother's education attainment and household wealth largely explain the cross-sectional difference in child growth, while the support provided by maternal and child health services varies by type of health facility and urban area.

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