Conflict in Somalia: impact on child undernutrition

Damaris Kinyoki, Abdisalan Noor, Olalekan Uthman, Ngianga-Bakwin Kandala, Elijah Odundo, Grainne Moloney, James Berkley

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Background: In Somalia, protracted conflict and persistent drought have caused population displacement and livelihood destruction. As a result, there is widespread child malnutrition. We aimed to determine the effects of conflict on wasting and stunting among children aged 6-59 months in Somalia 2007–2010. Methods: Data were from household nutritional surveys from 2007 to 2010, with 1,066 clusters covering 73,778 children, the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data (ACLED) project and remote sensing. We used Bayesian hierarchical spatial-temporal regression methods to examine the effects of conflict on wasting and stunting. A preliminary model included individual, household and environmental covariates without conflict. The main model included recent (
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere000262
JournalBMJ Global Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 29 May 2017


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