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Fellow study cited in international media outlet

A study by a CARTA fellow has been quoted in a BBC news article that discusses how the empowerment of women, linked to their education, has accrued benefits not only to themselves but also to the lives of their children.

Sulaimon Adedokun, CARTA cohort 1 fellow’s study titled “Incomplete Childhood Immunization in Nigeria: A Multilevel Analysis of Individual and Contextual Factors” was published on 9 October in the British news outlet. The quoted study was published on 8 March this year in the BMC Public Health.

The article made reference to the fellow’s analysis of immunization in Nigeria that found out that only 6% of children of illiterate mothers received all the vaccinations compared with 24% of children in the whole population.

“I am indeed grateful to CARTA for the support it has given me while I was writing the paper. The paper was written when I was on CARTA postdoctoral training at University of Warwick, United Kingdom,” the fellow from the Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria) said.

His study discussed that under-five mortality remains high in sub-Saharan Africa despite global decline. One quarter of these deaths are preventable through interventions such as immunization. The study examined the independent effects of individual, community and state-level factors on incomplete childhood immunization in Nigeria, which is one of the 10 countries where most of the incompletely immunized children in the world live.

The BBC article further discusses how research in developing countries shows a strong link “between the education of mothers and immunization of children against preventable diseases such as polio, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, measles and tuberculosis.”

You can read the entire article here.

Written by Eunice Kilonzo, CARTA Communications Officer.

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