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University of Nairobi (1998)

Child survival determinants in the arid and semi-arid lands : a study of Machakos, Kilifi and Taita-Taveta Districts

Kamau, David Ngura

Titre : Child survival determinants in the arid and semi-arid lands : a study of Machakos, Kilifi and Taita-Taveta Districts

Auteur : Kamau, David Ngura

Université de soutenance : University of Nairobi

Grade : Master of Arts (MA) 1998

Résumé
This study seek to examine factors affecting child survival dry land Kenya. Data available indicate that the areas not only experience high child mortality rates but the situation shows a worsening trend. These areas lack basic social amenities and access to health facilities. The study area is faced with predisposing factors that aggravate transmission of diseases in children. This study examines issues encompassing environmental. Demographic socio economic and health factors as they affect child survival. The data used is from the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey 1993. The method of analysis used in this study is cross tabulation and multiple regression analysis technigues. The findings show that in these arid and semi arid lands communities there is significant relationship between incidence of mortality and current marital status, highest level of education, and age at first birth, type of floor material, duration of breast feeding, religion, parity, current contraceptive use, type of toilet facility and place of delivery. The multiple regression analysis showed that out of 10 variables significant in influencing child survival in the arid and semi arid lands, two had showed reductive effects on child mortality. These are others namely ; marital status, type of toilet, children ever born, number of unions, breast feeding duration, age at first birth, age at introduction of supplementary foods, type of floor,ante natal clinic attendance i.e tetanus injection and contraceptive use. The policy makers should put in place mechanisms to improve the economic well being of the population in general and those in the arid and semi arid lands in particular. This can include small grants programme for the small scale farmers and business people in the village towns. This will boost their capacity to educate the children, the exposure will improve contraceptive prevalence, better housing, diatery habits and public health care to the overall well being of the child and the family at large. The Government should make efforts to stem up girl child enrolment in primary schools and post primary school institutions and be strict in matters of early child pregnancies. Strategies should be mooted to boost maternal child health care, FP/HIV/STD control services utilization.

Mots clés : Infant mortality / Children and youth / Machakos District, Kenya / Kilifi District, Kenya / Taita Taveta District, Kenya

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