A recent study published in the journal BMC Public Health found a strong correlation between gender inequality and the rate of child mortality. The more unequal the position of women in a particular country, the more likely their children are to die. The researchers said this result may be attributed to several factors, including domestic violence, poor nutrition, lack of education and lack of control over family finances that all deprive infants and children of proper health care, education, protection and nourishment. The researchers concluded that efforts to combat child mortality should include efforts to improve the status and well-being of women and girls.
Compiled from: Gilbert, Natasha, Research Links Gender Inequality and Child Mortality, SciDevNet (March 20, 2015).