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Mauritania : socio-economic differences in health, nutrition, and population (English)

This report is one in a series that provides basic information about health, nutrition, and population (HNP) inequalities within fifty-six developing countries. The series to which the report belongs is an expanded and updated version of a set covering forty-five countries that was published in 2000. The fifty-six reports in the current series cover almost all Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) surveys undertaken during the period beginning in 1990 and ending with the date of the last survey for which data were publicly available as of June 2006. The report is organized in four principal parts: Part one, which constitutes the report's core, consists of tables presenting quintile-specific data for each HNP indicator covered from the two most recent DHS surveys available at the time of the report's publication. In each part there are three sets of tables: the first provides quintile-specific information for the total population; the second presents data separately for quintiles of females and males; the third features quintile-specific information presented separately for rural and urban residents. Each of these sets is divided into four sections: one dealing with HNP status, the second with the use of HNP services, the third with HNP-related behavior, and the fourth with other HNP status determinants. Part two provides supplementary technical information designed to help readers understand the data presented in part one. This information deals with such issues as how the covered HNP indicators were defined and how the quintile-specific estimates were derived. o Part three presents supporting tables that deal with three of the technical matters covered in part two: the size of the sample for each indicator covered; the standard error for each quintile-specific estimate in the total population; and the items used in constructing the wealth index, along with the weight assigned to each. An additional, fourth part consists of three annexes, for readers interested in applying the approach used in the report or in learning more about the other reports in this series. The first annex is an annotated bibliography containing further information about the technical issues concerning the approach used in the report, and about employing that approach to examine additional issues using DHS or other data sets. The second shows how the report's approach can be applied to monitor the distribution of benefits from other HNP programs, and provides a tool for doing so. The third annex is a list of all fifty-six countries for which reports are available, along with an indication of how to obtain copies of the reports dealing with them.


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    Amouzou, Agbessi, Wagstaff, Adam, Suliman, Eldaw, Johnson, Kiersten, Gwatkin, Davidson R.

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    Mauritania : socio-economic differences in health, nutrition, and population

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    equity in health;health service use;health gain;health inequality;health condition;effective action;



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Amouzou, Agbessi Wagstaff, Adam Suliman, Eldaw Johnson, Kiersten Gwatkin, Davidson R.

Mauritania : socio-economic differences in health, nutrition, and population (English). Country reports on HNP and poverty Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.