The Centre for Global Health Inequalities Research (CHAIN) and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) have released a comprehensive analysis “Parental education and inequalities in child mortality: A global systematic review and meta-analysis” with findings that show that each year of parental education is associated with lower risks of childhood mortality. Published in The Lancet, the study is the largest to date to examine the relationship between mothers’ and fathers’ education and child mortality on a global scale.
The study is ground-breaking as it includes the under-examined effects of paternal education, and goes beyond examining the neonatal period to include six age intervals until the age of five. By including 300 studies in 92 countries, capturing over 3,000,000 live births, the review also exceeded previous studies in scale, geographic scope, and comprehensiveness.
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