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Malnutrition among women in sub-saharan Africa: rural-urban disparity

Malnutrition is a serious public health problem, particularly in developing countries linked to substantial increase in the risk of mortality and morbidity affecting mostly women and children. Rural disadvantage is a known factor, but little attention has been paid to rural-urban disparity among women. This paper aims at providing a reliable source of information for policy makers on malnutrition and rural-urban disparity. The data sources were the demographic health surveys of 26 countries conducted between 1995 and 2006. Meta analysis, meta regression, were carried out. It was concluded that the magnitude of rural-urban malnutrition disparity revealed provides a baseline that will be of assistance to clinicians, researchers and policy makers in the detection, prevention and treatment of malnutrition.