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Type Journal Article - International journal for equity in health
Title Trends and determinants of inequities in childhood stunting in Bangladesh from 1996/7 to 2014
Author(s)
Volume 15
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2016
URL https://equityhealthj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12939-016-0477-7
Abstract
Background
We explore long-term trends and determinants of socioeconomic inequities in chronic childhood undernutrition measured by stunting among under-five children in Bangladesh. Given that one in three children remain stunted in Bangladesh, the socioeconomic mapping of stunting prevalence may be critical in designing public policies and interventions to eradicate childhood undernutrition.

Methods
Six rounds of Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey data are utilized, spanning the period 1996/97 to 2014. Using recognized measures of absolute and relative inequality (namely, absolute and relative difference, concentration curve and index), we quantify trends, and decompose changes in the concentration index to identify factors that best explain observed dynamics.

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