Rihab Dahab


The Prevalence of Under-Nutrition among Children Under-5 in The Sudan: Does Military Conflict Matter?

PhD summary
The prevalence of undernourishment among the Sudanese children under the age of five years (under-5) is among the highest in the world. A range of factors have been associated with this poor health status, such as poverty, a low level of education, an inadequate health care system, a high incidence of infectious diseases, and a fragile infrastructure. In addition to these characteristics, which are shared with most developing countries, the ongoing military conflicts that take place in several states of The Sudan are likely to contribute to this poor level of child health and nutrition.
This research employs a multilevel method to model the determinants of undernutrition among the children under-5 in The Sudan, using nationally representative datasets from the Multiple Indicator Clusters Survey (MICS). The modelling strategy is informed by a theoretical model of malnutrition developed by UNICEF, but with addition of a regional marker of “military conflict intensity”. Further, a time-series approach is taken to detect the spatial-temporal patterns of undernourishment measures in the country over the past ten years.


September 2014 - September 2017



Rihab worked as a Statistician at an industrial company in Egypt followed by Research Assistant position in the Faculty of Medicine-Kuwait University in Kuwait. While working at Kuwait University she completed her Master’s degree in Statistics and Operations Research in the Faculty of Science-Kuwait University. Prior to joining the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMIST) Rihab worked as the Head of Alumni and Statistics Department at the Australian College of Kuwait.

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