Exploring the Relationship between a Woman’s Access to Health Systems and their Child’s Nutritional Health

Authors: Kassandra Fate*, University of Minnesota - Minneapolis
Topics: Caregiving Geographies , Population Geography, Social Geography
Keywords: Geographies of Access: Inclusion and Pathways, Children, Nutrition, Burkina Faso, Access, Empowerment
Session Type: Virtual Poster
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM
Room: Virtual 52
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The purpose of this study is to assess the relationship between a child's nutritional health and the empowerment of their mother in Burkina Faso, a sub-Saharan country that is experiencing an unprecedented level of acute malnutrition in children under age five. This study used the 2017 Performance Monitoring for Action data from Burkina Faso, including a representative sample of women, their children, and their associated service delivery points (SDPs). Estimation of women’s empowerment with selected indicators were investigated using weighted polychoric factor analysis. Utilization of health care services and measures of child nutrition were then examined with the mother’s empowerment score using multivariate regression analysis. Preliminary findings suggest that women with a higher empowerment score use more health care services and also have better nourished children.

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