Paper: Food Security, Climate, and Conflict as Drivers of Diarrheal Disease

Paper details

Paper authors Kelsey Gleason
In panel on Conflict and Hunger: Untangling the Connections and Building Food System Resilience
Paper presenter(s) will be presenting In-Person / Online


Food Security, Climate Change, and Conflict have all been shown to be independently associated with diarrheal disease, the second leading cause of death worldwide. Though these risk factors often exist concurrently, limited evidence exists to elucidate the nexus dynamics of these compounding and overlapping hazards. This study uses the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) data and employs a novel causal mediation analysis to understand how these individual factors interact to produce diarrheal disease and which risk factors drive these associations. Disentangling the roles, synergisms, and compounding effects of Food Security, Climate, and Conflict as drivers of diarrheal disease is instrumental in designing effective interventions to reduce the incidence of diarrheal disease and improve food security worldwide.