Poverty And Childhood Survival Rates In Sub-Saharan Africa

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Amon O. Okpala
O. Felix Ayadi
Pender Gbenedio


poverty, childhood survival rates, Sub-Saharan Africa, female education, life expectancy


Life-expectancy at birth is an important indicator of well-being. Most of the nations with very high life expectancy rates are among the economically advanced nations of the world. This fact leads one to infer that mortality differences exist partly due to economic status. The poverty of women and children remain a major developing challenge for all societies, especially the developing nations. Women in Sub-Saharan Africa play a very important role in food production, bearing and raising children, the prevention/treatment of childhood diseases and malnutrition. As such, the education of mothers and household income could help improve family health, and sanitation. The findings here do show that childhood mortality is significantly influenced by female education, household income, and the feeding practices of mothers.


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