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Climate change and seasonal floods: potential long-term nutritional consequences for children in Kerala, India
Authors: Raya Muttarak, and Anna Dimitrova
Source: BMJ Global Health, 4: e001215; DOI:10.1136/bmjgh-2018-001215
Topic(s): Child health
Country: Asia
Published: APR 2019
Abstract: Summary box •In the aftermath of the worst flooding Kerala has experienced in nearly a century, we highlight the urgency of considering the long-term health consequences of floods, especially on young children. •Based on the recent Demographic and Health Survey data for India in 2015–2016, we provided evidence showing that abnormally wet conditions increased the likelihood of undernutrition for children aged under 5 as measured by stunting and wasting. •Experiencing floods during infancy, being a girs with illiterate mothers making a child particularly vulnerable to being stunted while living in the rural area increases the risk of being wasted due to floods. •We put forward that nutritional and water and sanitation interventions at the critical period of flood exposure can reverse the course of undernutrition which in turn can reduce the cost of poor human development in the long run.