PublisherThe University of Arizona.
AbstractThis study’s intent is to show a positive association between women’s health and women’s education due to the recent introduction of the Let Girls Learn initiative. Health and education indicators in five countries that have implemented Let Girls Learn programs were compared to five countries that have not. The ten countries were otherwise similar in terms of economy, health, and education at baseline. Data was collected for life expectancy, infant Mortality Rate, maternal mortality rate, rate of Cesarean-section, and the ratio of female to male children with less than two years of schooling over a time period of approximately fifteen years for each country. An unpaired t-test was then performed on each indicator for both categories of countries to compare their mean changes over time. A significantly greater improvement in the countries that have implemented Let Girls Learn initiatives was found for infant mortality rate. More research on additional women’s health and women’s education indicators over a longer period of time is needed in order to conclude that the Let Girls Learn initiative is positively associated with improved women’s health outcomes.