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HIV/AIDS and Children's Migration in Southern Africa

"Southern Africa is the region worst affected by the global AIDS pandemic and also experiences very high levels of migration. The two countries examined in this paper, Lesotho and Malawi, have estimated adult HIV prevalence rates of 31% and 16% resp…

Mother's Spending Decisions, Ethnicity and Child Malnutrition in Ghana

"I argue in this policy brief that the relationship between ethnicity and the mother’s role in child nutrition is either direct or indirect, depending on the nature of cultural practices. Thus, in a setting with cultural practices such as food taboo…

Better Nutrition for Children in Uganda: The Policy Makers Role

"Although Uganda has made tremendous progress in improving welfare outcomes in the past 20 years, some key welfare outcomes especially regarding nutritional status have performed dismally. For instance, the proportion of poor persons reduced from 56…

Influencing Policy for Children in Tanzania : Lessons From Education, Legislation and Social Protection

"The central concern of this paper is to identify the best systems and mechanisms to enable support for children, especially the most vulnerable children, given limited resources and capacity constraints. While the issues remain complex, an examinat…

Coping Strategies Used by Street Children in the Event of Illness

"This study examined the health seeking behaviours of street children in three municipal districts of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. The research was carried out in October 2005 and involved 272 street children, aged 10 to 18 years of age. Findings reveal…

SUN: A Global Movement to Accelerate Progress in Reducing Maternal and Child Undernutrition

"As the 2015 deadline for meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)approaches, the poor countries of the world have already made considerable progress toward reducing maternal and child undernutrition. From 1990 to 2008, the prevalence of stu…

A Quantitative Analysis of Determinants of Child and Maternal Malnutrition in Nigeria

"Malnutrition rates among children 0-36 months and women of reproductive age in Nigeria are high and vary significantly across rural-urban locations, geopolitical regions, and agroecological zones, constituting a significant public health challen…

La Situation des Enfants au Sénégal: Pauvreté, Vulnérabilités et Réponses Politiques / The Situation of Children in Senegal Regarding: Poverty, Vulnerabilities and Political Responses

This paper analyzed the way in which the fiscal and protection policies implemented in Senegal respond to the vulnerability and poverty of children. The available data on the physical situation of the latter provide evidence that many of them are de…

Improving Immunisation in Urban Slum Areas in Nigeria through Stakeholder Participation: Implication for Research

This policy brief is based on the findings of CPED's on-going implementation research on “Improving immunisation in urban slum areas of Nigeria through stakeholder participation”. The project is one of the small scale implementation research program…

Stories of Change: Rwanda: Understanding how Rwanda Created an Enabling Environment for Improvements in Nutrition and the Challenges that Remain

Understanding the context-specific causes of child malnutrition, including those related to political commitment and program and policy coherence, is essential for effectively reducing the prevalence of nutrition-related problems such as stunting an…

AFIDEP News 10th Biannual Issue January to June 2019

This news bulletin by AFIDEP is published twice a year to provide our stakeholders with updates of AFIDEP’s programmes and highlight emerging policy issues in capacity strengthening in the use of evidence in policymaking spaces; population change a…

Legumes for Households Food Security in Zimbabwe's Semi-arid Areas - Implications Child Nutrition

Food and nutrition security have become an increasingly important area of policy debate in developing countries. Children in the semi-arid areas of Africa are most vulnerable because of the poor socio-economic status of their parents especially thei…

Determinants of Child Malnutrition in Mauritania

The empirical context of this research is in an environment where malnutrition is a real public health concern. The objective of this study was to identify the determinants of the nutritional state of children under the age of five years in Mauritan…

Birth Order and Demand for Immunization for Children Under the Age of Five in Cameroon

Despite free basic vaccines administered by the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), there is still a fairly high death rate of children aged 0-5 worldwide due to vaccine-preventable diseases. Sub-Saharan Africa is the most affected region due …

The Influence of Women Empowerment on Child Nutrition in Rural Nigeria

In Nigeria, the low status of women and inflexible gender gaps contribute to weak dietary diversity and chronic child malnutrition. Child malnutrition is persistent, despite several interventions which fail to capture the need to empower women to im…

Household Economic Well-being and Child Health in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Health is both a direct component of human well-being and a form of human capital that increases an individual’s capabilities and opportunities to generate income and reduces vulnerability. It is argued that these two views are complementary, and bo…

67th State of the Nation Platform: “Confronting the Challenge of Child Mortality in Uganda: Scale-up and Consolidation of Gains from the CODES project”

Over the years, Uganda has made significant strides in reducing child mortality. Child mortality in Uganda declined from 156 per 1000 live births in 1990s, to 137 per 1000 live in 2005, 90 per 1000 live births in 2011 to the current 69 per 1000 live…

Community Health Insurance Scheme and its Challenges: CPED Experience

This policy brief is based on the findings of CPED in the concluded implementation research titled “Improving Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) in Underserved Rural Areas of Nigeria” . The project which was supported by Think Tank Initiativ…

Situation Analysis of Child Poverty and Deprivation in Uganda

Poverty is different for children than for adults. This becomes very clear when we listen to children themselves talking about their experiences of poverty. The importance of effectively measuring child poverty is underlined by the fact that its im…

Surviving Boko Haram: Why Children under Five Matter

There is a dearth of accurate health and mortality information coming out of those areas of Nigeria and Cameroon most affected by Boko Haram. This has led to gaps in understanding the full correlation between armed conflict and the health of childre…

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