Quantifying the Gradient of Market Integration in Relation to Health Across the Life Course in Northeast Madagascar

This project will develop methods to quantify market integration that are appropriate for the cultural, economic, and social context of northeast Madagascar with a goal of investigating differences in health across gradients in market integration. The study will collect data on age, height, weight, blood pressure, as well as household survey data on self-reported health, health behaviors, and animal contact. The key hypothesis is that cardiometabolic health and infectious disease exposure will covary with degree of household level market integration.  In particular, greater market integration will be associated with worse cardiometabolic health but less exposure to zoonotic infectious disease.

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