Journal article

Co-morbid anaemia and stunting among children of pre-school age in low- and middle-income countries: a syndemic

Duc Tran Thach, Beverley-Ann Biggs, Sara Holton, Thi Minh Nguyen Hau, Sarah Hanieh, Jane Fisher

Public Health Nutrition | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2019


OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of co-morbidity of two important global health challenges, anaemia and stunting, among children aged 6-59 months in low- and middle-income countries. DESIGN: Secondary analysis of data from Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) conducted 2005-2015. Child stunting and anaemia were defined using current WHO classifications. Sociodemographic characteristics of children with anaemia, stunting and co-morbidity of these conditions were compared with those of 'healthy' children in the sample (children who were not stunted and not anaemic) using multiple logistic models. SETTING: Low- and middle-income countries. SUBJECTS: Children aged 6-59 months. RESULTS: Dat..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (Early Career Fellowships, T.D.T. and S. Ha.); Monash University (Professorial Fellowship, J.F.); and the H and L Hecht Trust managed by Perpetual Trustees (the Jean Hailes Professorial Fellowship, J.F.). The funders of the study had no role in the study design, data collection, data analyses, data interpretation or writing of the report. The corresponding author had full access to all the data in the study and had final responsibility for the decision to submit for publication.