Maternal micronutrient status and decreased growth of Zambian infants born during and after the maize price increases resulting from the southern African drought of 2001–2002

Abstract

The objective was to investigate the effects on maternal micronutrient status and infant growth of the increased maize prices that resulted from the southern African drought of 2001–2002. A Longitudinal cohort study was carried out at a maternal and child health clinic in Lusaka, Zambia. Maternal and infant health and nutrition data and maternal plasma were being collected for a study of breast-feeding and postpartum health. Samples and data were analysed according to whether they were collected before (June to December 2001), during (January 2002 to April 2003) or after (May 2003 to January 2004) the period of increased maize price. Season and maternal HIV status were controlled for in analyses.

Citation

Gitaua, R.; Makasaa, M.; Kasonkaa, L.; Sinkalaa, M.; Chintua, C.; Tomkinsa, A.; Filteau, S. Maternal micronutrient status and decreased growth of Zambian infants born during and after the maize price increases resulting from the southern African drought of 2001–2002. Public Health Nutrition 8 (07) 837-843. [DOI: 10.1079/PHN2005746]

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