Malnutrition and morbidity among children not reached by the national vitamin A capsule programme in urban slum areas of Indonesia

S. G. Berger, S. de Pee, Martin Bloem, S. Halati, Richard David Semba

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Abstract

Objective: To determine whether vitamin A capsule programmes fail to reach children who are at higher risk of malnutrition and morbidity. Although it has been suggested that there are health disparities between children who are reached or not reached by these programmes, little quantitative work has been undertaken to characterize this relationship. Study design: As part of a national surveillance system, nutritional status and other factors were compared in 138,956 children, aged 12-59 months, who had and had not received vitamin A supplementation in urban slum areas in Indonesia. Results: In total, 63.1% of children had received a vitamin A capsule within the previous 6 months. Among children who had and had not received vitamin A supplementation, respectively, the proportion with weight-for-age and height-for-age Z scores

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-378
Number of pages8
JournalPublic Health
Volume122
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2008

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Keywords

  • Anaemia
  • Diarrhoea
  • Immunization
  • Indonesia
  • Malnutrition
  • Morbidity
  • Vitamin A

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  • Health(social science)

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Malnutrition and morbidity among children not reached by the national vitamin A capsule programme in urban slum areas of Indonesia. / Berger, S. G.; de Pee, S.; Bloem, Martin; Halati, S.; Semba, Richard David.

In: Public Health, Vol. 122, No. 4, 04.2008, p. 371-378.

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