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Impact of Maternal Education on Under-Five Mortality of Children in India: Insights from the National Family Health Survey, 2005-2006 and 2015-2016
Authors: Salim Mandal, Pintu Paul, and Pradip Chouhan
Source: Death Studies, Published online; DOI: 10.1080/07481187.2019.1692970
Topic(s): Childhood mortality
Children under five
Country: Asia
  India
Published: NOV 2019
Abstract: Under-five (U-5) mortality is a major public health problem in lower-middle income countries. The aim of this study is to examine the associations between maternal education and mortality of children below 5 years age in Indian context. We have used bi-variate and multivariate logistic regressions to assess the associations. Our study reveals that increasing level of education among women and in association with socio-economic and demographic factors significantly reduces the incidence of U-5 mortality. The findings suggest that increasing opportunities for female education and addressing socio-economic and demographic vulnerabilities could be effective strategies to combat the incidence of U-5 mortality.