Malnutrition among women in sub-Saharan Africa: rural-urban disparity

O A Uthman, O Aremu

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Malnutrition is a serious public health problem, particularly in developing countries, linked to a substantial increase in the risk of mortality and morbidity. Women and young children are most often affected. Rural disadvantage is a known factor, but little attention has been paid to rural-urban disparity among women. To provide a reliable source of information for policy-makers, the current study used nationally representative data from 26 countries in sub-Saharan Africa to update knowledge about the prevalence malnutrition and its rural-urban disparities among women. The data sources were the demographic and health surveys of 26 countries conducted between 1995 and 2006.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)931
JournalRural and Remote Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008


  • Africa
  • children
  • malnutrition
  • rural-urban
  • women


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