The Etiology, risk factors, and interactions of enteric infections and malnutrition and the consequences for child health and development study (MAL-ED): Description of the Tanzanian site

  • Mduma E
  • Gratz J
  • Patil C
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Abstract

The Haydom, Tanzania, site (TZH) of The Etiology, Risk Factors and Interactions of Enteric Infections and Malnutrition and the Consequences for Child Health and Development (MAL-ED) Study is in north-central Tanzania, 300 km from the nearest urban center. TZH is in a remote rural district where most of the population are agropastoralists and grow maize as the staple food. The average household size is 7. The average woman achieves a parity of 6 and has 1 child death. Socioeconomic indicators are poor, with essentially no household having access to electricity, piped water, or improved sanitary facilities (compared with 14%, 7%, and 12%, respectively, reported nationally). The Demographic Health Survey Tanzania 2004 indicated that the region had high rates of stunting and underweight (40% and 31% of children aged

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  • MAL-ED
  • Tanzania
  • child development
  • enteric infections
  • malnutrition

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