Association Between Maternal Education and Childhood Mortalities in Myanmar

Soe, Khaing and Holland, Paula and Mateus, Ceu (2019) Association Between Maternal Education and Childhood Mortalities in Myanmar. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, 31 (8). pp. 689-700. ISSN 1010-5395

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Maternal education is widely regarded as a core social determinant of child mortality in low-income countries. In Myanmar, the evidence related to context-specific social determinants of health including maternal education is scarce, limiting grounds to advocate for a comprehensive health policy. Employing multivariate methods, the study analyzed the 2015-2016 Demographic Health Survey data exploring independent effect of maternal education on neonatal, infant, and under-5 mortality. The study found that maternal education was not significantly associated with neonatal mortality as its effect was confounded by household wealth and geographic residence; however, it had independent effect on infant and under-5 mortality. Mothers with primary education had 23% reduction in the odds of under-5 mortality (P < .001); those with secondary level had 40% reduction (P < .001); and those at higher level had 62% reduction (P < .001). The study concluded that maternal education is a critical social determinant of childhood mortalities in Myanmar.

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Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health
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?? child mortalityeducation statusinfant mortalityliteracymaternal educationneonatal mortalityunder-5 mortalitypublic health, environmental and occupational health ??
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