Mapping inequalities in exclusive breastfeeding in low- and middle-income countries, 2000–2018

Bhattacharjee, Natalia V, Schaeffer, Lauren E, Hay, Simon I, Lu, Dan, Schipp, Megan F, Lazzar-Atwood, Alice, Donkers, Katie M, Abady, Gdiom Gebreheat, Abd-Allah, Foad, Abdelalim, Ahmed, Abebo, Zeleke Hailemariam, Abejie, Ayenew Negesse, Abosetugn, Akine Eshete, Abreu, Lucas Guimarães, Deribe, Kebede, Local Burden of Disease Exclusive Breastfeeding Collaborators, and Others, (2021) Mapping inequalities in exclusive breastfeeding in low- and middle-income countries, 2000–2018. Nature Human Behaviour, 5 (8). pp. 1027-1045. ISSN 2397-3374

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Exclusive breastfeeding (EBF)—giving infants only breast-milk for the first 6 months of life—is a component of optimal breastfeeding practices effective in preventing child morbidity and mortality. EBF practices are known to vary by population and comparable subnational estimates of prevalence and progress across low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are required for planning policy and interventions. Here we present a geospatial analysis of EBF prevalence estimates from 2000 to 2018 across 94 LMICs mapped to policy-relevant administrative units (for example, districts), quantify subnational inequalities and their changes over time, and estimate probabilities of meeting the World Health Organization’s Global Nutrition Target (WHO GNT) of ≥70% EBF prevalence by 2030. While six LMICs are projected to meet the WHO GNT of ≥70% EBF prevalence at a national scale, only three are predicted to meet the target in all their district-level units by 2030.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Breast Feeding, Developing Countries, Geography, Health Status Disparities, Humans, Policy Making, Prevalence, Public Policy, Spatial Analysis
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Brighton and Sussex Medical School
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Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2022 17:25
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2022 17:30

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