Child health, poverty and climate issues in Bangladesh

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2020-05

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Bangladesh-the largest delta in the world, is one of the most climate change vulnerable country and children and older people are the most exposed groups to these negative effects. This research explores the effects of climate change variables have on child health by focusing on the prevalence and intensity of Acute Respiratory Infections and diarrhoea diseases for children under five. The data used for this research has been extracted from the Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (BDHS-2014) linked with the Climatic Research Unit (CRU). The study covers 7,886 households where there is at least one child under the age of five. Logistic regressions are used to analyze the effects of climatic variables have on child’s health while controlling for socioeconomic variables. The research reveals that climate variables have effects on diarrhea diseases and Acute Respiratory Infections for children under five even when socioeconomic factors are taken under consideration. Thus, we all should focus on climate change because it is an issue for all of us regardless of our social status. Incorporating climatic variables along with the existing health research model could reduce geographic implications. In addition, local narratives following health research model along with the generalized one incorporating climatic variables could be the best fit model to reduce these implications.

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Child health, Climate issue, Poverty, Local narratives

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