VoICE Immunization Evidence: Education Inequity

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Education Inequity

Educational inequities are difference in the learning results experienced by those coming from different groups. A strong association exists between parental education and the educational outcomes of their children.
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Key Idea

A study conducted in Eastern Uganda found that Ugandan children whose mothers had some secondary schooling were 50% more likely to have received scheduled vaccinations by 6 months of age than children whose mothers had attended school only through primary level. This effect became more pronounced with delivery of the later doses of each vaccine (OPV2, 3 & DPT-HB-Hib 2,3).

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A study looking at WHO data from member states shows that globally, coverage of the third dose of DTP is 26% higher among children born to mothers with some secondary education compared to mothers with no education.

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Researchers looking at vaccination coverage in 45 low- and middle-income countries found that maternal education is a strong predictor of vaccine coverage. Children of the least educated mothers are 55% less likely to have received measles containting vaccine and three doses of DTP vaccine than children of the most educated mothers.

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