Domestic Violence and Chronic Malnutrition among Women in Tanzania 2016

Aseel M. Almansour

Abstract


Objective: Chronic malnutrition is one of the leading cause of death and illness among women in developing economies. These women also face challenges resulting from domestic violence. It is therefore, important to study the influence of domestic violence on womens’ nutrition.

Methods: Secondary data was collected on Tanzanian female population demographics for the year 2016. Some sample of 1564 women are obtained for the study. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression models are developed to determine the crude odds ratio and the adjusted odds ratio for the factors.

Discussions The study found that the prevalence for anemia was higher among women aged between 15 and 19 years. Marital status was not a significant factor for chronic malnutrition. Lack of education led to increased prevalence of chronic malnutrition. Wealth index and place of residence are not significant factors for chronic malnutrition. Less severe violence and severe violence are the only significant factors of domestic violence.

Conclusions: It is important to evaluate the significant factors of chronic malnutrition. First it would be important to formulate policies that increase the literacy level. In addition, it would also be important for policy stakeholders to address the problems of chronic malnutrition that is facing young women aged between 15 and 19 years.

Objective: Chronic malnutrition is one of the leading cause of death and illness among women in developing economies. These women also face challenges resulting from domestic violence. It is therefore, important to study the influence of domestic violence on womens’ nutrition.

Methods: Secondary data was collected on Tanzanian female population demographics for the year 2016. Some sample of 1564 women are obtained for the study. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression models are developed to determine the crude odds ratio and the adjusted odds ratio for the factors.

Discussions The study found that the prevalence for anemia was higher among women aged between 15 and 19 years. Marital status was not a significant factor for chronic malnutrition. Lack of education led to increased prevalence of chronic malnutrition. Wealth index and place of residence are not significant factors for chronic malnutrition. Less severe violence and severe violence are the only significant factors of domestic violence.

Conclusions: It is important to evaluate the significant factors of chronic malnutrition. First it would be important to formulate policies that increase the literacy level. In addition, it would also be important for policy stakeholders to address the problems of chronic malnutrition that is facing young women aged between 15 and 19 years.


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