Prevalence and factors related to anaemia in children aged 6–59 months attending a quaternary health facility in Maputo, Mozambique

Réka Maulide Cane, Youssouf Keita, Luisa Lambo, Elcidio Pambo, Maria Patrícia Gonçalves, Luís Varandas, Isabel Craveiro

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Abstract

Globally, anaemia prevails as a public health issue, being also a concern in Mozambique, where about two-thirds of children 6–59 months of age are affected by this condition. We carried out this study to estimate anaemia prevalence and evaluate structural determinants and haematological parameters association among children aged 6–59 months attending pediatric inpatient and outpatient services in a Quaternary Health Facility in Maputo City Province, Mozambique. We collected data from 637 inpatients or outpatients who attended pediatric consultations at the Maputo Central Hospital. The overall rate of anaemia in children aged 6–59 months was 62.2% (396/637), with 30.9% moderate anaemia (197/637), 23.9% mild anaemia (152/637), and 7.4% severe anaemia (47/637). Among our study participants, critical factors for anaemia were those concerning the age group, child´s caregiver schooling, malaria and size of the liver.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2278876
JournalGlobal Public Health
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Keywords

  • Anaemia
  • children
  • factors
  • Mozambique
  • prevalence

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