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Title:Maternal and Child Health among the Urban Poor in Nairobi, Kenya
Author:Magadi, MonicaISNI
Periodical:African Population Studies
Volume:19 Supplement B
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:informal settlements
maternal and child health care
Education and Oral Traditions
Women's Issues
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Health and Nutrition
Cultural Roles
Women and Their Children
Health, Nutrition, and Medicine
External link:http://www.bioline.org.br/pdf?ep04041
Abstract:This paper examines maternal and child health in the Nairobi slums in Kenya using information on 1219 births which occurred in the period 1997-2000. The specific objectives are to compare maternal and child health indicators in the Nairobi slums with the rest of the Kenyan population, and to identify socioeconomic and demographic factors associated with poor maternal and child health. The results show that overall, the quality of antenatal care in the slums is comparable to that in the rest of Kenya. With respect to professional delivery care, the Nairobi slums are worse off than the rest of Nairobi or other urban areas in Kenya, but they seem better off compared to rural communities. It is with respect to child indicators that the slum residents in Nairobi show the greatest disadvantage, in comparison with the rest of the Kenyan population. Children in the slums are considerably less likely to be fully immunized and more likely to experience fever and diarrhoea than their counterparts living elsewhere in Kenya. In general, lower educational attainment and belonging to the Luo ethnic group are consistently associated with poorer maternal and child health outcomes in the Nairobi slums. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]