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2In developing regions, children of mothers with no education are more than twice as likely to die before their fifth birthday as compared with children of mothers with secondary education or higher.
Millennium Development Goal 4: Reduce child mortality
Target 4A: Reduce by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-five mortality rate
Indicator 4.1: Under-five mortality rate
A mother’s education is key in determining whether her children will survive their first five years of life. In all developing regions, children of mothers with some education are at less risk of dying. A child’s chances of surviving increase even further if their mother has a secondary or higher education.
In addition to education, child survival rates can also be improved by increasing equity in other social services. Empowering women, removing financial and social barriers to welfare, encouraging innovations to make critical services more available to the poor, and increasing the accountability of health systems at the local level are examples of policy interventions that could improve equity, with benefits for child survival.
Note: Analysis is based on 66 developing countries with data on under-five mortality rate by household’s wealth quintile, accounting for 71 per cent of total births in developing regions in 2008.
Source: The Millennium Development Goals Report 2011