Delali Margaret Badasu 

BACKGROUND

Maternal education and related income have been major contributing factors to improved child survival. However, recent research evidence indicates high levels of child malnutrition and poor health across all income or wealth quintiles (Gwatkin et al. 2000 cited by Oppong 2004) and educational categories (UNICEF 2006) in the developing world.

According to the 2008 Ghana Demographic and Health Surveys (GDHS)[i], on the average, 13.9% of all the children under five years of age from all backgrounds in Ghana was underweight. The percentages recorded for children of mothers in the highest income category (8.6 percent) and those with secondary or higher educational status (6.8 percent) was also high. Well over a tenth (14.4 percent) of children of mothers with the highest wealth status was stunted (too short for their age).

This policy brief is on the adverse effects of maternal education and occupation associated with care behaviours among highly educated professional mothers in the city of Accra.

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