Factors Associated with Diarrhea Among Less than 5 Year Aged Children Using Nigerian Demographic and Health Survey in 2008
- Factors Associated with Diarrhea Among Less than 5 Year Aged Children Using Nigerian Demographic and Health Survey in 2008
- CHOI, Hyun-Yi
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- KDI School of Public Policy and Management
- Diarrhea is one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidly among children in Sub- Saharan Africa. Nigeria is the country which has the second highest children mortality rate. Using Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey 2008, this paper explores to find out the key risk factors of having diarrhea incidence among children under 5 year age group with logistic regression. Among environmental factor, socio economic factor and nutrition factor of individual household survey, mother’s education level has the most significant association of having diarrhea morbidity. Mother’s education level lowers the probability of getting diarrhea by 1,92%, 3.3% and 4.3% respectively. The results suggest that children whose mothers were less educated were the most vulnerable. In order to reach the target of Millennium Development Goal and improve the status of children health, public health program along with mother’s education should be mainstreamed.
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