Determinants of child health and mortality in Guinea-Bissau : does health knowledge matter?

KOVSTED, Jens
PORTNER, Claus
TARP, Finn
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1999
35 p

This is a paper produced by the development economics group at the University of Copenhagen. It analyses the factors which influence child health in an environment characterised by high infant mortality and morbidity, but not by malnutrition. The area in question is in the Bandim 1 district in Bissau in Guinea-Bissau. Both household income and parental knowledge are identified as significant determinants in child morbidity. In addition it provides new insights into the determinants of child health in a West African, urban community. There are over 33 ethnic communities in Guinea Bissau. The largest group in the study area are the Papels. There appears to be no gender discrimination within the child mortality rates

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