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Title:Child Morbidity and Mortality in Slum Environments along Nairobi River
Authors:Keraka, Margaret Nyanchoka
Wamicha, Wellington Nguya
Year:2003
Periodical:Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review
Volume:19
Issue:1
Period:January
Pages:41-57
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
Subjects:child mortality
morbidity
informal settlements
Urbanization and Migration
Development and Technology
Miscellaneous (i.e. Demography, Refugees, Sports)
Health and Nutrition
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Medicine, Nutrition, Public Health
Children--Mortality
diseases
Nairobi (Kenya)
Slums
Communicable diseases
sanitation
Link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/eastern_africa_social_science_research_review/v019/19.1keraka.pdf
Abstract:This article publishes the results of a study which examined the impact of slum environments on morbidity and mortality profiles in slum environments along Nairobi River (Kenya). The main objectives were: first, to assess the influence of environmental factors on child morbidity and mortality, and second, to analyse the influence of the perception and behaviour patterns of slum dwellers on child mortality and morbidity. The data used in this study was collected using in-depth interviews and extensive literature review. The key finding of the study was that poverty is a major factor in child morbidity and mortality. It is because of low income levels that families in the slum areas were not able to achieve the sanitation standards needed to improve the health status of children. The study therefore recommended that the government should give small loans to slum dwellers, which they can use to start income-generating activities. This can help generate some money that may improve childcare practices. Bibliogr., notes. [Journal abstract, edited]
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