Malnutrition Among Bangladeshi Women in Ultra-poor Households: Prevalence and Determinants

Malnutrition is widespread and has been recognized as a public health problem in Bangladesh. People living in absolute poverty are more susceptible to infection, disease and malnutrition. Nearly one-quarter to one-third of the population of Bangladesh live under extreme poverty – they are called the ultra-poor. These ultra-poor are often excluded from government and even from the non-governmental poverty reduction programs like microcredit/microfinance. To reach these ultra-poor, BRAC has undertaken a comprehensive program in 2001 as ‘Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction/Targeting the Ultra Poor’ (CFPR/TUP) with the aim of poverty reduction and establishing a sustainable livelihood. As poverty and malnutrition are interrelated, information on important dimensions of nutrition was required to see the impact of the program and modify health intervention. The objective of this report was to describe the prevalence of malnutrition and identify the associated factors among the women of ultra-poor households targeted by BRAC in Bangladesh.

Author: Haseen, Farhana
Type: Report
Year: 2010