Science Journal of Public Health

Special Issue

Childhood Malnutrition in Developing Countries

  • Submission Deadline: 30 November 2015
  • Status: Submission Closed
  • Lead Guest Editor: Azizur Rahman
About This Special Issue
Early nutrition and health, social and demographic factors and welfare distributions have potential significant impact on childhood health and cognitive development. Malnutrition in childhood affects the future productivity of a society and it is an associated cause in about half of all deaths occurring among children in developing countries with severe malnutrition associated with 1 to 2 million preventable child deaths each year. Even children with moderate malnutrition had an increased risk of dying. According to the UNICEF, recent global estimates indicate that nearly 60 million children have a moderate form of malnutrition, and 13 million have a severe form of malnutrition. Thus, comprehensive research childhood malnutrition in developing countries would be an important international interest. Child nutritional status assessment not only serves as a means for evaluating the health condition and survival of children but also provides indirect measurements of a range of significant indicators in public health, socioeconomic developments and the quality of life of a population. It is necessary to highlight the widespread childhood malnutrition issues, risk factors and policy implications at national, regional and international levels since developed worlds are assisting on such issues through various aid programs. The purpose of this special issue is to explore research on childhood malnutrition in developing countries which covers all themes including level and trend of the prevalence of malnutrition, significant determinants, community and spatial factors, health education and social awareness, maternal health and nutrition, health and feeding practices, and welfare distributions and health policies etc to exchange and share new knowledge and policy ideas for dealing with malnutrition in public health at a multidisciplinary and international arenas.

Aims and Scope:
    Acute and chronic malnutrition
    Social and economic determinants for malnutrition
    Community and spatial determinants of malnutrition
    Demographic risk factors for malnutrition
    Malnutrition and physical and cognitive developments
    Maternal risk factors for childhood malnutrition
    Feeding practices and health related behaviours
    Health education and social awareness
    Malnutrition and school reediness or school performances
    Health and economic disparities
    Public health policy and health care policy issues
    NGO’s programmes on malnutrition
    Comparative studies on malnutrition
    Methods and tools for sophisticated health data analysis
Lead Guest Editor
  • Azizur Rahman

    School of Computing and Mathematics, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia

Guest Editors
  • Varsha Singh

    Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, United States

  • Mandumo Mguli

    HIV/AIDS- University of Stellenbosch, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Ioannis Nikitidis

    General Hospital of Kastoria, Kastoria, Greece

  • Berihun Megabiaw Zeleke

    Institute of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Gondar, Melbourne, Australia

  • Adnan Bajraktarevic

    Pediatrics Department, Public Health Institution of Canton Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Satrinawati Satrinawati

    Politehnik Kesehatan Kemenkes RI Aceh, Banda Aceh, Indonesia

  • Samiran Bisai

    Regional Medical Research Centre for Tribals, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Jabalpur, India

  • Moumita Mukherjee

    Department of Economics and Management, Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), Kolkata, India

Published Articles
  • Effects of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in the Childhood Developments and Lives of Disabilities: A Multivariate Analysis

    Najmul Hasan , Mahfuz Ashraf , Azizur Rahman

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 1-1, January 2016
    Pages: 28-37
    Received: 29 September 2015
    Accepted: 18 October 2015
    Published: 29 October 2015
    DOI: 10.11648/j.sjph.s.2016040101.15
    Abstract: This study investigates the factors acceptance of childhood health and development of disability and the quality of everyday lives of disabilities. Exploratory factor analysis (EFA) is a widely used to identify the factors which are responsible to health and development. This research is sample based and data has been collected using a structured q... Show More
  • Significant Risk Factors for Childhood Malnutrition: Evidence from an Asian Developing Country

    Azizur Rahman

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 1-1, January 2016
    Pages: 16-27
    Received: 9 October 2015
    Accepted: 9 October 2015
    Published: 28 October 2015
    DOI: 10.11648/j.sjph.s.2016040101.14
    Abstract: Protein Energy Malnutrition (PEM) is a major health problem in developing countries and it affects the physical growth and logical development of children. Data from the Demographic and Health Survey Bangladesh were used to evaluate the influences of several significant socioeconomic, demographic, health system and community factors on the current ... Show More
  • Malnutrition Prevalence and Health Practices of Homeless Children: A Cross-Sectional Study in Bangladesh

    Azizur Rahman , Md. Abdul Hakim

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 1-1, January 2016
    Pages: 10-15
    Received: 28 September 2015
    Accepted: 20 October 2015
    Published: 28 October 2015
    DOI: 10.11648/j.sjph.s.2016040101.13
    Abstract: This cross-sectional study was conducted in a central statistical subdivision (i.e. Tangail district) in Bangladesh. A sample of 240 homeless children was collected from 12 different locations in the study area during the period from November 2014 to July 2015 by using a structured questionnaire and the simple random sampling method. The anthropome... Show More
  • Health and Nutritional Condition of Street Children of Dhaka City: An Empirical Study in Bangladesh

    Md. Abdul Hakim , Azizur Rahman

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 1-1, January 2016
    Pages: 6-9
    Received: 22 September 2015
    Accepted: 18 October 2015
    Published: 28 October 2015
    DOI: 10.11648/j.sjph.s.2016040101.12
    Abstract: The study was conducted at the seven areas in Tejgaon, known as the centre of Dhaka city, the capital of Bangladesh, which consist of 41 police stations. Street children are very common in this part of Dhaka city. A well structured questionnaire was developed containing both the closed and open ended questions to collect data through face-to-face i... Show More
  • An Assessment of Health Status of Street Children in Tangail, Bangladesh

    Md. Abdul Hakim , Md. Jalal Talukder

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 1-1, January 2016
    Pages: 1-5
    Received: 20 July 2015
    Accepted: 18 October 2015
    Published: 28 October 2015
    DOI: 10.11648/j.sjph.s.2016040101.11
    Abstract: The study was conducted in a regional city Tangail, which is located in the central part of Bangladesh and well connected with the capital city Dhaka. There were 10% gamines and 90% street boys selected for the study from the twelve different upazilas in Tangail applying the simple random sampling method. Results divulged to contribute 66.67% under... Show More