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Acta Paediatr Scand. 1988 Mar;77(2):260-8.

Childhood mortality in relation to nutritional status and water supply--a prospective study from rural Malawi.

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  • 1Department of Paediatrics, Link√∂ping University, Sweden.


In connection with the introduction of an improved method of water supply in rural Malawi, the nutritional status, morbidity, and mortality among 1,178 children under five were studied during three rainy and three dry seasons. Data were collected at fortnightly home interviews. Nutritional assessment was made twice a year. One hundred and thirty-seven of the children died during the study period, and the probability of dying before the age of five was estimated to 270 per 1,000 children. The mortality risk was related to weight for height (p less than 0.001) and height for age (p less than 0.01) as well as to upper arm circumference (p less than 0.001) and triceps skinfold (p less than 0.05). Mortality among children living in households using the new, piped-water supply tended to be lower than mortality for those using traditional water sources, although the difference was not statistically significant (relative risk 0.4, 95% confidence interval 0.1-1.3).

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