Objective: To determine the socio-economic status of a peri-urban community.
Methods: The cross-sectional study was conducted at Deh Chuhar village, Gaddap Town, Karachi from December 2015 to February 2016. The Water/Sanitation, Assets, Maternal Education and Income Index was used. All variables were given a score on the scale of 0-8. The resulting index was illustrated in the form of quintiles.
Results: : A total of 254 households were surveyed. Total population was 2117 with mean number of household members being 8±4. Mean index score was 0.39±0.14 and the median score was 0.375. Percentile distribution of the score indicated that 152(60%) households scored below 0.40 whereas, 51 (20%) were in the highest quintile with a score above 0.50.
Conclusions: Water/Sanitation, Assets, Maternal Education and Income index suggested poor socio-economic status of the community studied.
Keywords: Socio-economic status, WAMI index, Health outcomes, Deh Chuhar, Developing SES.