Clinical factors associated with growth and mortality of pediatric patients on HAART at Mulago PIDC, Uganda, 2003–2006

Mark M Kabue, The University of Texas School of Public Health


The global social and economic burden of HIV/AIDS is great, with over forty million people reported to be living with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2005; two million of these are children from birth to 15 years of age. Antiretroviral therapy has been shown to improve growth and survival of HIV-infected individuals. The purpose of this study is to describe a cohort of HIV-infected pediatric patients and assess the association between clinical factors, with growth and mortality outcomes. This was a historical cohort study. Medical records of infants and children receiving HIV care at Mulago Pediatric Infectious Disease Clinic (PIDC) in Uganda between July 2003 and March 2006 were analyzed. Height and weight measurements were age and sex standardized to Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) 2000 reference. Descriptive and logistic regression analyses were performed to identify covariates associated with risk of stunting or being underweight, and mortality. Longitudinal regression analysis with a mixed model using autoregressive covariance structure was used to compare change in height and weight before and after initiation of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). The study population was comprised of 1059 patients 0-20 years of age, the majority of whom were aged thirteen years and below (74.6%). Mean height-for-age before initiation of HAART was in the 10th percentile, mean weight-for-age was in the 8th percentile, and the mean weight-for-height was in the 23rd percentile. Initiation of HAART resulted in improvement in both the mean standardized weight-for-age Z score and weight-for-age percentiles (p <0.001). Baseline age, and weight-for-age Z score were associated with stunting (p <0.001). A negative weight-for-age Z score was associated with stunting (OR 4.60, CI 3.04-5.49). Risk of death decreased from 84% in the >2-8 years age category to 21% in the >13 years age category respectively, compared to the 0-2 years of age (p <0.05). This pediatric population gained weight significantly more rapidly than height after starting HAART. A low weight-for-age Z score was associated with poor survival in children. These findings suggest that age, weight, and height measurements be monitored closely at Mulago PIDC.

Subject Area

Public health

Recommended Citation

Kabue, Mark M, "Clinical factors associated with growth and mortality of pediatric patients on HAART at Mulago PIDC, Uganda, 2003–2006" (2006). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI3241397.