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Child welfare. 2000. Measure of child welfare. Child enrollment in school Primary Secondary Child health Mortality Morbidity Child nutrition Child labor. Child labor. Child Immunization. Immunization. Primary schooling. Female children, primary schooling. Secondary schooling.

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measure of child welfare
Measure of child welfare
  • Child enrollment in school
    • Primary
    • Secondary
  • Child health
    • Mortality
    • Morbidity
  • Child nutrition
  • Child labor
educating women reduces national infant mortality
Educating Women Reduces National Infant Mortality

Infant mortality (deaths per 1,000 births)

Sub-Saharan Africa

South Asia

Middle East

& North Africa

Latin America

& Caribbean

East Asia






Secondary education (females per 100 males)

educated women have healthier children
Educated Women Have Healthier Children

Under 5 mortality per 1,000

Years of education of mother

(Average of household survey results)

declining sex ratio
Declining sex-ratio
  • There are at least 60 to 100 million missing women.
  • Female infanticide and sex-selective foeticide
  • Declining child sex-ratios
  • Relation of declining sex-ratios to the population policies and son preference
  • Example
where is there anti girl discrimination and a resulting shortage of girls
Where is there anti-girl discrimination and a resulting shortage of girls?
  • East Asia: China, Taiwan, South Korea (not Japan)
  • South Asia: India, Nepal, Pakistan
  • Not in most Muslim countries of Arab Middle East, North Africa, Southeast Asia, or Central Asia
  • Not in most of Latin America, Africa, Middle East, Less Developed, or Least Developed Countries
  • Not in Europe, North America, Russia
  • Only certain cultures have such strong traditional anti-daughter bias that is now exacerbated by declining and low fertility, leading to sex-selective abortion and/or excess mortality of daughters
china s abnormal sex ratios
China’s abnormal sex ratios
  • Situation deteriorated 1978 to the present
  • 1978-83: Announcement and implementation of one-child policy, increased coercion in family planning, resurgence of female infanticide
  • 1983-present: Sharp rise in sex-selective abortion, increasing excess female infant mortality reported
  • Reported sex ratio at birth and sex ratio of children at ages 0-4 rose to 120 boys per 100 girls in 2000
  • Two positive trends: Ratio of male to female mortality rates became more normal at ages 2 and above. Sex ratio ages 0-4 stabilized at 120 during 1997-2000
what causes the shortage of girls in china
What causes the shortage of girls in China?
  • Poverty? No, some of China’s poorest areas have no missing girl problem. But economic considerations matter
  • Political or economic system? (No)
  • Illiteracy, low educational level? (No)
  • Chinese culture? YES
  • Low fertility? YES. Combined with son preference.
  • One-child policy? Maybe. Seems to worsen excess female infant mortality. Perhaps shortage of girls is more severe than without the one-child policy
declining sex ratio in india
Declining sex-ratio in India
  • National decline from 945 to 927 in the number of girls per 1,000 boys aged 0-6 between 1991 and 2001
    • Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat, (fewer than 800 girls for every 1,000 boys)
    • The ratio is also said to be low in certain districts, including the South West District of Delhi, which are "amongst the most prosperous in the country."
in asia does economic and social development reduce anti daughter discrimination
In Asia, does economic and social development reduce anti-daughter discrimination?
  • Unfortunately not. Not automatically. There is no clear relationship
  • As shown by Croll, in East and South Asia, the phenomenon of “missing girls” has worsened as economies have developed, as the status of women has improved, and as female educational attainment has risen
  • In India, as in China, daughter discrimination is found in urban areas as well as rural, and among educated as well as uneducated mothers
  • The “missing girl” situation is also extreme in developed East Asian societies, such as South Korea and Taiwan
global database on child growth
Global Database on Child Growth
  • 3 year project by WHO & German gov.: nutritional surveillance database (HAZ, WHZ, WAZ)
  • Objective: characterize nutritional status, secular trends, ... worldwide!
  • Sources: published articles, gov. stats, survey reports (UN, NGO), >840 surveys
  • Group: pre-school children (here: 0-4.99=82%)
  • Surveys: standardized and quality controlled
  • Characterization of the health status of the world at the end of the millennium: ‘cross-sectional‘ evidence (N=93-118; T=1995-2002)
  • 3 datasets constructed from the database
    • Overall malnutrition: HAZ, WHZ, WAZ
      • Where do we find malnutrition? (by region, by income)
our research aim ii inductive stat part why
Our Research Aim II: Inductive stat. Part/WHY?
  • Statistical determinants of child health at the end of the millennium
  • WHO datasets combined with
    • World Bank data (macroeconomic, demographic, health, education data)
    • Other sources (political freedom, nutritional input)
gender stratified malnutrition relative
Gender-stratified Malnutrition: relative

Ratio = (% malnourished males / % malnourished females) x 100

area stratified malnutrition relative
Area-stratified Malnutrition: relative

Ratio = (% malnourished rural / % malnourished urban) x 100

conclusion descriptive part
Conclusion: Descriptive Part
  • Overall malnutrition
    • Levels: Stunting 25%, Underweight 19%, Wasting 7%
    • Africa (E. and C.), Asia (S-E and S-C) extremely retarded in growth
  • Gender stratified malnutrition
    • More boys (n=85) than girls (n=25) stunted
    • Divided western-eastern hemisphere
  • Area stratified malnutrition
    • More rural (n=90) than urban (n=3) stunted
    • Western Africa (and Oceania) less affected
regarding presentation
Regarding presentation
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