Uganda: Girls’ education, early childbearing, and child health (under-five mortality and stunting)

Case Studies & Research
Addis Ababa
3 p.
Periodical title
UNESCO IICBA knowledge brief, 28

Using data from the Demographic and Health Surveys for 2011 and 2016, this brief provides an analysis of the effect of a mother’s education and age at delivery on the risks of under-five mortality (U5M) and under-five stunting (U5S) for her children. The brief suggests that in Uganda, secondary education for mothers does not have a statistically significant effect on U5M and U5S, which is a bit surprising given that in many other African countries, such effects are observed. As to early childbearing, it is associated with a higher likelihood for a child to die before the age of five or be stunted (stunting, or low height for age, is associated with risks for brain development in early childhood and substantially lower earnings in adulthood). Based on those results, simulations suggest that achieving universal secondary education for girls might not lead to large reductions in the rates of U5M and U5S nationally.

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