Linear Child Growth After a Natural Disaster: a Longitudinal Study of the Effects of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami

Saturday, April 8, 2017
Elizabeth Frankenberg
Jed Friedman
Nicholas Ingwersen
Duncan Thomas


The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, among the largest earthquakes in recorded history, spawned a major tsunami that devastated coastal communities in Aceh, Indonesia. This large-scale, natural disaster resulted in more than 170 000 deaths, displaced half a million people, and devastated large swathes of built infrastructure, arable land, and natural resources along the coast of Aceh. The disaster was followed by one of the largest reconstruction efforts undertaken in any developing country. We aimed to examine the effects of the disaster and subsequent reconstruction on the trajectory of linear child growth in children who were in-utero at the time of the tsunami until 2009–10, when the children were, on average, 5 years of age.


Elizabeth Frankenberg, Jed Friedman, Nicholas Ingwersen, and Duncan Thomas, The Lancet, April 2017, S21, Vol. 389 Supplement 2