Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2013

Abstract

Background

The Millennium Development Goals recognise child health and survival as an important socio-development issue.

Objectives

To determine the correlates of diarrhoea among children aged below 5 years in north Sudan.

Methods

We conducted secondary data analysis of the Sudan Multiple Cluster Indicators Survey II.

Results

Altogether, 23,295 children were included in the survey. Half (50.0%) of the children were males, and 22.5% of them were of age less than one year. Boys were 3% (p=0.044) more likely to have diarrhoea compared to girls. Compared with the oldest age group (48–59 months), children less than 6 months of age and those aged 36–47 months had 25% and 18% lower prevalence of diarrhoea, respectively, while children aged 6–24 months and those aged 24–35 months had 1.5 fold and 1.17 fold higher prevalence of diarrhoea. Children in urban areas were 6% more likely to have diarrhoea. Children from households with 1 or 2 people per room were 8% less likely to have diarrhoea compared to children from households with more than 3 people per room.

Conclusions

Diarrhoea was associated with child's age, gender, and social status. Our findings provide a useful baseline for interventions and comparisons with future studies.

Journal Title

African Health Sciences

Volume

13

Issue

2

First Page

376

Last Page

383

DOI

10.4314/ahs.v13i2.26

First Department

Public Health, Nutrition and Wellness

Acknowledgements

Retrieved April 18, 2018, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3824473/#!po=64.2857

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