Spatial Correlations in Family and Nutritional Health Status of Children in South Africa

Sindiso Ndlovu, University of Witswatersrand
Clifford O. Odimegwu, University of the Witwatersrand

Child health outcomes continue to interest academic inquiry and policy attention at national, regional and global levels. Investigations on child health in South Africa depict that mortality rates have since lowered over time and morbidity trends have also transitioned. Meanwhile, the family structures of South Africa have transitioned further away from nucleation, but the extent to which this has impacted on the health status of the surviving children has not yet been systematically investigated and quantified. This quantitative study will therefore investigate the extent to which the family structures found in South Africa impact on the nutritional health status of children. Data from the 2016SADHS will be used, the study will employ multivariate regression analysis to estimate the unadjusted and adjusted health index-effects of family structure. Results will therefore show measured and quantitative outcome of the SDG3 goal of how healthy the children are in South Africa

Keywords: Family demography, Children and youth, Health and morbidity, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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  Presented in Session P23.