Demand for Reproductive Health Services in Guinea: Determinants of Birth Weight

Last updated January 2009

Authors:
Aboubacar Kaba; Sékou Falil Doumbouya; Mama Keita

Abstract:
Guinea is one of the African countries with the worst reproductive health indicators in the world. According to the data of the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) III 2005, the country’s maternal and infant mortality rates are respectively 980 per 100,000 births and 163 per 1,000 births. Birth weight is a synthetic indicator of maternal and child health but its principal causes are not obvious. We use the control function approach to study the determinants of low birth weight and to propose policy interventions on the basis of our results.
 
Contact Information:
Aboubacar Kaba, kababoubacar@yahoo.fr; Sékou Falil Doumbouya, sdoumbouya@hotmail.com; and Mama Keita, Groupe de Recherche et d’Analyse de la Pauvrete et des Politiques Economiques en Guinee