Determinants of the cycle of childhood undernutrition and infectious disease in Eastern Africa

Melinda Judge

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Childhood undernutrition and infectious disease are intricately linked in a cyclical relationship. This thesis uses Demographic and Health Survey data to identify key determinants of undernutrition and infectious disease in Tanzania and more broadly in Eastern Africa. This work has optimised methodology through imputation of missing values, to improve statistical models. Targeted nutritional interventions for male offspring; improved drinking water quality for under-twos; and improved sanitation combined with increased animal source foods for under-fives, would have the largest impacts on improving nutrition. Promotion of handwashing with soap would most effectively reduce infectious disease in Tanzanian children
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Khan, Nazim, Supervisor
  • Le Souef, Peter, Supervisor
  • Tay, Guan, Supervisor
  • Gaudieri, Silvana, Supervisor
  • Naniche, Denise, Supervisor, External person
  • Ngadaya, Esther, Supervisor, External person
Thesis sponsors
Award date23 Sept 2021
Publication statusUnpublished - 2021


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