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Health trends in Sub-Saharan Africa: Conflicting evidence from infant mortality rates and adult heights

  • Akachi, Yoko
  • Canning, David

We investigate trends in cohort infant mortality rates and adult heights in 39 developing countries since 1961. In most regions of the world improved nutrition, and reduced childhood exposure to disease, have lead to improvements in both infant mortality and adult stature. In Sub-Saharan Africa, however, despite declining infant mortality rates, adult heights have not increased. We argue that in Sub-Saharan Africa the decline in infant mortality may have been due to interventions that prevent infant deaths rather than improved nutrition and childhood morbidity. Despite declining infant mortality, Sub-Saharan Africa may not be experiencing increases in health human capital.

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Volume (Year): 8 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (July)
Pages: 273-288

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