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Mothers' education and childhood mortality in Ghana.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12745169     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The significant extent to which maternal education affects child health has been advanced in several sociodemographic-medical literature, but not much has been done in analysing the spatial dimension of the problem; and also using graphic and linear regression models of representation. In Ghana, very little has been done to relate the two variables and offer pragmatic explanations. The need to correlate the two, using a regression model, which is rarely applied in previous studies, is a methodological necessity. The paper examines the impact of mothers' education on childhood mortality in Ghana using, primarily, Ghana Demographic and Health Survey data of 1998 and World Bank data of 2000. The survey has emphatically established that there is an inverse relationship between mothers' education and child survivorship. The use of basic health facilities that relate to childhood survival shows a direct relationship with mothers' education. Recommendations for policy initiatives to simultaneously emphasise the education of the girl-child, and to ensure adequate access to maternal and child health services, have been made. The need for an experimental project of integrating maternal education and child health services has also been recommended. A linear regression model that illustrates the relationship between maternal education and childhood survival has emerged.
Daniel Buor
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health policy (Amsterdam, Netherlands)     Volume:  64     ISSN:  0168-8510     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Policy     Publication Date:  2003 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-05-14     Completed Date:  2003-06-18     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8409431     Medline TA:  Health Policy     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  297-309     Citation Subset:  H    
Faculty of Social Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.
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MeSH Terms
Child Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
Child, Preschool
Educational Status*
Ghana / epidemiology
Health Policy
Infant Mortality*
Infant, Newborn
Linear Models
Maternal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
Mothers / education*
Postnatal Care
Prenatal Care
Survival Analysis*
Vaccination / utilization

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