Kinship, Nuptiality and Child Health Outcomes in a Low Income Urban Area
Urbanization rates in sub-Saharan Africa are some of the highest in the world. Kenya’s impressive efforts to achieve Millennium Development Goals on child health and well-being mask the elevated risks for children in low-income urban contexts, a pattern found in other African settings. We know little about how social correlates, specifically kinship and marriage, impact children’s health and development in these settings. In this mixed methods, longitudinal project, we develop a new measure of union formalization to advance our understanding of how kinship support and the process of marriage impact child health and development in two slum communities in Nairobi, Kenya. The importance of this study is underscored by the need to identify models of family support that offer optimum protection for vulnerable mothers and young children in urban African settings.
Funder: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Center for Child Health and Human Development
Grant Type: R01
Grant Amount: 2.5 million
Duration: 5 years
Sangeetha Madhavan (PI) – AASD/Socy
Kirsten Stoebenau –Behavioral and Community Health
Mike Wagner – AASD
Ken Leonard – AREC
Researchers at African Population and Health Research Center, Nairobi, Kenya
Note: Madhavan, Stoebenau and Leonard are all research associates at the Maryland Population Research Center, which is administering the grant.
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