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Inequities in under-five child nutritional status in South Africa What progress has been made? Inequities in under-five child nutritional status in South Africa What progress has been made? HOT

The 2008 National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) data is used to assess and quantify the magnitude of inequalities in under-five child malnutrition ascribable to economic status. We compare these results to those of Zere and McIntyre (2003) who use similar data collected in 1993. In both cases, household income, proxied by per capita household expenditure, was used as the indicator of socio-economic status. I find that stunting is still the most prevalent form of malnutrition in South Africa and the rate of stunting is continues to be the highest in the provinces in which there is the highest concentration of income poverty, the Eastern Cape and the Northern Province.

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Author Julian May