Social inequality and children’s health in Africa: a cross sectional study
Socioeconomic inequality, Children’s health, Africa
This study examines socioeconomic inequality in children’s health and factors that moderate this inequality. Socioeconomic measures include household wealth, maternal education and urban/rural area of residence. Moderating factors include reproductive behavior, access to health care, time, economic development, health expenditures and foreign aid.
Data are taken from Demographic and Health Surveys conducted between 2003 and 2012 in 26 African countries.
Birth spacing, skilled birth attendants, economic development and greater per capita health expenditures benefit the children of disadvantaged mothers, but the wealthy benefit more from the services of a skilled birth attendant and from higher per capita expenditure on health.
Some health behavior and policy changeswould reduce social inequality, but the wealthy benefit more than the poor from provision of health services.
Original Publication Citation
Heaton, Tim B., Ben Crookston, Hayley Pierce, and Amoateng Acheampong. (2016) "Social Inequality and Children’s Health in Africa." Journal for Equity in Health,15:92
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Heaton, Tim B.; Crookston, Benjamin; Pierce, Hayley; and Amoateng, Acheamong Yaw, "Social inequality and children’s health in Africa: a cross sectional study" (2016). All Faculty Publications. 2847.
International Journal for Equity in Health
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
© The Author(s). 2016