Contribution to Health Policy through Publication
The association of the education of a mother and the health of their child continues to be investigated. Several studies have shown various relationships that tie in the level of education and child health. As a contribution to policy, the Department of Research & Policy at Imbako Public Health researched on this issue in Kenya. Collaborative research on the education level of mothers and immunization status of children in Kenya, led to findings which indicated a mother’s education as a significant marker of child immunization status and consequently child health. The study which used data from populations in Kenya, was a collaboration of several individuals from various academic and research institutions; Dr. Onsomu, (lead) Dr. Abuya, Dr. Okech-Hufton, Dr. Moore & Dr. Collins-McNeil. Titled “Maternal Education and Immunization Status among Children in Kenya,” the research was published in the Maternal and Child Health Journal, one of the leading journals in the field of Maternal and Child Health. Findings from the study will be used to inform policy on the importance of education of mothers towards child immunization and consequently child health and life. Also,did you now: Currently, despite determined global progress in reducing preventable child deaths, an increasing proportion of child deaths are in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia. Four out of every five deaths of children under age five occur in these regions.