Residential district multi-hazard risk is associated with childhood undernutrition: evidence from Bangladesh

Md Belal Hossain, Jahidur Rahman Khan, Mahmood Parvez

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Abstract

Child undernutrition and natural disasters are major public health concerns in Bangladesh, but research into their relationship is lacking. This study assessed the association between residential district multi-hazard-risk and undernutrition among children aged less than 5 years (under-5) in Bangladesh. Data for 22,055 under-5 children were extracted from the 2019 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey of Bangladesh. Multi-hazard risk was categorized as low (score20) using a combined score of four major hazards: tornado, cyclone, earthquake, and flood. We found that children from high multi-hazard risk districts were 19% more likely to be stunted and 23% more likely to be underweight compared to low-risk districts. However, wasting was not associated with multi-hazard risk. Strategies such as agricultural adaptation and coping mechanisms, long-term post-disaster nutritional response, extended periods of relief supports, and enhanced quality maternal and child care services may help to reduce undernutrition burdens in Bangladesh.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Health Research
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Jun 2021

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