Identify determinants of stunting of children in slums using data from a birth cohort study

This secondary analysis was carried out to measure the relative contribution of the determinants of stunting on mean length-for-age Z (LAZ) score difference of stunted and non-stunted children living in a slum of Dhaka, Bangladesh. For the analysis, data of the Mal-ED birth cohort study of icddr,b was used where 265 healthy newborn slum children were enrolled after birth and were followed till 24 months.

The analysis results reveal that maternal height and birth weight are two key factors associated with childhood stunting. These findings were disseminated with key stakeholders where emphasis was given on developing sustainable interventions for adolescent girls and women of reproductive age because of the relation of maternal height with childhood stunting.

Relative contributions of the correlates of stunting in explaining the mean length-for-age z-score difference between 24-month-old stunted and nonstunted children living in a slum of Dhaka, Bangladesh: results from a decomposition analysis