Determinants of child malnutrtrition in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
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[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT REQUEST OF AUTHOR.] This thesis is an empirical study which aims to find the socio-economic factors that impact on nutritional status of Congolese children under five and propose suitable policies. The econometric model used is based on the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) conceptual framework of immediate, underlying and basic determinants; and the data are from the 2007 DRC Demographic and Health Survey (DHS). Using Ordinary Least Square method we find that poverty is a major cause of child malnutrition. Household wealth and mother related variable like education, occupation and marital status are very important explaining child malnutrition in the DRC. We also find that location variables are very significant. Children in rural areas are more likely to be malnourished than those in urban areas because of inadequate health environment. We then propose that policy should include reforms in women empowerment and a particular attention to rural areas.--From public.pdf
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