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Associations between birth registration and early child growth and development: evidence from 31 low- and middle-income countries

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Public Health, May 2018
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Title
Associations between birth registration and early child growth and development: evidence from 31 low- and middle-income countries
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BMC Public Health, May 2018
DOI 10.1186/s12889-018-5598-z
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Joshua Jeong, Amiya Bhatia, Günther Fink

Abstract

Lack of legal identification documents can impose major challenges for children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The aim of this study was to investigate the association between not having a birth certificate and young children's physical growth and developmental outcomes in LMICs. We combined nationally representative data from the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys in 31 LMICs. For our measure of birth registration, primary caregivers reported on whether the child had a birth certificate. Early child outcome measures focused on height-for-age z-scores (HAZ), weight-for-age z-scores (WAZ), weight-for-height z-scores (WHZ), and standardized scores of the Early Childhood Development Index (ECDI) for a subsample of children aged 36-59 months. We used linear regression models with country fixed effects to estimate the relationship between birth registration and child outcomes. In fully adjusted models, we controlled for a variety of child, caregiver, household, and access to child services covariates, including cluster-level fixed effects. In the total sample, 34.7% of children aged 0-59 months did not possess a birth certificate. After controlling for covariates, not owning a birth certificate was associated with lower HAZ (β = - 0.18; 95% CI: -0.23, - 0.14), WAZ (β = - 0.10, 95% CI: -0.13, - 0.07), and ECDI z-scores (β = - 0.10; 95% CI: -0.13, - 0.07) among children aged 36-59 months. Our findings document links between birth registration and children's early growth and development outcomes. Efforts to increase birth registration may be promising for promoting early childhood development in LMICs.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 53 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 10 19%
Student > Ph. D. Student 8 15%
Researcher 7 13%
Student > Bachelor 4 8%
Student > Doctoral Student 4 8%
Other 7 13%
Unknown 13 25%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 11 21%
Nursing and Health Professions 8 15%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 4 8%
Medicine and Dentistry 4 8%
Engineering 2 4%
Other 8 15%
Unknown 16 30%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 14. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 30 August 2018.
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