Education’s role in health and fertility change in Pakistan

Feyza Bhatti, MHHDC, Pakistan

One of the main outcomes of female schooling is supposed to be dramatic improvements in reproductive indicators, such as women’s access to health and family planning services, maternal morbidity and mortality, and indicators of infant and child health. Pakistan is a country where such beneficial outcomes are sorely needed: gross enrolment of girls in secondary schooling is only about 26%, the maternal mortality ratio is 320, and under-5 mortality rates are 90 for boys and 100 for girls. In these circumstances, it is imperative to understand better exactly how schooling contributes to the improvements in reproductive health, and what else might make a difference. In this paper we draw on quantitative and qualitative data collected by the RECOUP programme of research to address these questions.

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