Child morbidity and care-seeking in Nairobi slum settlements: the role of environmental and socio-economic factors.


Ndugwa, RP; Zulu, EM; (2008) Child morbidity and care-seeking in Nairobi slum settlements: the role of environmental and socio-economic factors. Journal of child health care, 12 (4). pp. 314-28. ISSN 1367-4935 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1367493508096206

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate factors that influence morbidity patterns and health-seeking decisions in an urban slum community. Data were collected between May and August 2003 as part of the ongoing Nairobi urban demographic surveillance system and were analysed to identify factors that influence morbidity patterns and health-seeking decisions. The results show that the factors that influenced morbidity were the child's age, ethnicity and type of toilet facility. Predictors for seeking health care were the child's age, type and severity of illness, survival of father and mother, mother's education, mother's work status and wealth class. The conclusions drawn show that economic resources fall short in preventing child illnesses where children live in poor environmental conditions. However, by enhancing access to health care services, socio-economic status is critical for mitigating disease burden among children in slum settlements.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- ) > Dept of Population Studies (1974-2012)
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- )
PubMed ID: 19052189
Web of Science ID: 207648200006
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/4643

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