Mothers' education and childhood mortality in Ghana

Health Policy. 2003 Jun;64(3):297-309. doi: 10.1016/s0168-8510(02)00178-1.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Child, Preschool
  • Educational Status*
  • Female
  • Ghana / epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant Mortality*
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Linear Models
  • Maternal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Mothers / education*
  • Postnatal Care
  • Prenatal Care
  • Survival Analysis*
  • Vaccination / statistics & numerical data