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Assessing the Effect of Mother’s Migration on Childhood Mortality in the Informal Settlements of Nairobi

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  • Konseiga, Adama

    ()
    (Ministry of Tourism, Quebec)

  • Zulu, Eliya Msiyaphazi

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    (African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC))

  • Yé, Yazoumé

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    (African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC))

Abstract

Between one and two million migrants reside in cramped conditions in Nairobi’s slums without proper access to sanitation or affordable clean water. Children in such areas are exposed to enormous risks, health risks in particular. Using longitudinal data collected every four months during the period between 2002 and 2004, we analyze their survival patterns of children under five year of age who resided in two informal settlements (Viwandani and Korogocho). The research question assumes that children born to recent migrant mothers are more likely to die. The assumption is that migrant mothers do not have social network, which translates to a lack of information and lower access to health facilities. In the subsequent event history analysis, childhood mortality is shown to remain very high in the Nairobi informal settlements, especially among new migrants. Given the high degree of rural urban migration, which is bound to increase in the foreseeable future for most African countries, our study raises critical public health concerns. Another important finding in the context of the HIV AIDS pandemic is the risk factor associated to the mortality among children who have lost their mother. Our study also demonstrated a persistent disadvantage of children born to migrant mothers irrespective the length of stay in the receiving zone. The latter seems to point out the difficulties for migrant to develop social network outside their area of origin.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2295.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2006
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Publication status: published in: M. Collinson, K. Adazu, M. White, S. Findley, (eds.), The Dynamics of Migration, Health and Livelihoods: INDEPTH Network Perspectives, Ashgate, 2009, 128 - 138
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Keywords: Nairobi; childhood mortality; informal settlements; migration;

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  1. Kroeger, Antje & Anderson, Kathryn H., 2012. "Remittances and Children's Capabilities: New Evidence from Kyrgyzstan, 2005-2008," IZA Discussion Papers 6293, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Kathryn Anderson & Antje Kroeger, 2011. "Remittances and Children's Capabilities: New Evidence from Kyrgyzstan, 2005-2008," CASE Network Studies and Analyses, CASE-Center for Social and Economic Research 430, CASE-Center for Social and Economic Research.
  3. Philippe Bocquier & Nyovani Madise & Eliya Zulu, 2011. "Is There an Urban Advantage in Child Survival in Sub-Saharan Africa? Evidence From 18 Countries in the 1990s," Demography, Springer, Springer, vol. 48(2), pages 531-558, May.
  4. Antje Kröger & Kathryn Anderson, 2011. "Remittances and Children's Capabilities: New Evidence from Kyrgyzstan, 2005-2008," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 1170, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.

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