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Better education for women would slash child mortality in India, says UN

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 12 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2101
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

India’s mortality rate in children under 5 could be reduced to less than half its current level if all women completed their education, the United Nations has said.

A global UN report into the education of women and girls said that in India—which in 2012 saw 1.41 million deaths among children aged under 5—the mortality rate in under 5s would be cut by 61% if all women completed secondary education. And it predicted a fall of 13% in the same rate if all women completed primary education.1

Statistics in the report showed that in India from 2005 to 2011 just over …

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