World Health & Population

World Health & Population March 2004 .doi:10.12927/whp.2004.17637

The Importance of Maternal Schooling for Child Morbidity and Mortality and Maternal Health Behavior in Southeastern Uganda

Anne Katahoire, Flemming Scheutz, Svend Sabroe and Susan Reynolds Whyte

Abstract

A survey conducted in southeastern Uganda revealed that contrary to findings from other studies, maternal schooling did not protect young children born in this area from malnutrition and morbidity. Half the children in the study were stunted and most of them (82%) were reported to have been ill during the two weeks prior to the survey. Mortality however, was more common among children of mothers without any schooling as was the increased risk of incomplete immunization.

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