Free Content Effects of vitamin A supplementation on child mortality: evidence from Nepal's 2001 Demographic and Health Survey

You have access to the full text article on a website external to ingentaconnect.

Please click here to view this article on Wiley Online Library.

You may be required to register and activate access on Wiley Online Library before you can obtain the full text. If you have any queries please visit Wiley Online Library

Download Article:


Summary Objective 

To assess the effect of Nepal's vitamin A supplementation programme on child mortality at age 12–59 months. Materials and methods 

Logistic regression, applied to retrospective data from Nepal's 2001 Demographic and Health Survey. Results 

After a number of potentially confounding variables are controlled, the effect of 100% community-level vitamin A coverage since the child's birth, relative to no coverage, is to reduce the odds of dying at age 12–59 months by slightly more than half (OR = 0.47, P = 0.03). Conclusions 

The estimated beneficial effect of vitamin A supplementation on child mortality is larger than that found in most earlier clinical studies. This larger effect may be due mainly to the other health-related activities undertaken by the female community health volunteers who distribute vitamin A capsules.

Keywords: Nepal; child mortality; vitamin A

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: East-West Center, Honolulu, HI, USA

Publication date: August 1, 2005

Related content



Share Content

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
ingentaconnect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more