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Identifying Policy Relevant Variables for Reducing Childhood Malnutrition in Rural Mali Image

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Identifying Policy Relevant Variables for Reducing Childhood Malnutrition in Rural Mali

Identifying Policy Relevant Variables for Reducing Childhood Malnutrition in Rural Mali

Summary

This paper reports on the results of testing hypotheses about factors thought to be positively correlated with better nutritional status for rural children in Mali. These factors include:

  1. Higher agricultural incomes and/or household wealth
  2. More educated parents
  3. Mothers who use recommended feeding and childcare practices
  4. Availability and use of well staffed health facilities
  5. Parents who are knowledgeable about prevalent childhood diseases
  6. Use of recommended hygiene and sanitation practices
  7. Parents’ age, health and genetic attributes
  8. Location (type of agricultural production system, level of infrastructure, etc.)


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