Journal Article

Residential Area as Proxy for Socio-economic Status, Paediatric Mortality and Birth Weight in Lusaka, Zambia

A. J. Masiya Mweemba and Elspeth Webb

in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics

Volume 54, issue 6, pages 406-409
Published in print December 2008 | ISSN: 0142-6338
Published online June 2008 | e-ISSN: 1465-3664 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tropej/fmn041
Residential Area as Proxy for Socio-economic Status, Paediatric Mortality and Birth Weight in Lusaka, Zambia

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Systems of socio-economic classification comparable to the Registrar General's Social Classification or post codes are not readily available in many developing countries. Thus health data from developing countries are usually presented without a refined geographical focus. The hierarchical urban residential classification system in Zambia was used as a socio-economic proxy to explore the relationship with mass measures of paediatric health in Lusaka, Zambia. This study shows that the Zambian urban residential classification system appears to be a valid proxy of socio-economic status, revealing residential gradients with respect to birth weight and paediatric mortality rates in Lusaka.

Journal Article.  1863 words. 

Subjects: Paediatrics

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