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Child malnutrition in Yemen : the role of female education

Document type: mthesis
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Abstract: The objective of this thesis is to analyze the role of female education in development of malnutrition among children under five in Yemen in order to provide policy makers with recommendations that help in improving child nutrition in Yemen. The study question is answered by literature review and the use of the Demographic and Maternal and Child Survey (DMCHS) of 1997. The thesis was guided by the extended model of care framework adapted from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) conceptual framework. The framework provides a connection between female education and certain care practices important for a healthy well nourished child. The care practices analyzed are infant feeding, hygiene practices and health seeking behavior. The role of education to female autonomy as a resource for care was also analyzed. Various proxies were used for the care behaviors as well as for autonomy. In addition several interventions in developing countries promoting female literacy, nutritional education and school enrollment were also analyzed for possible recommendations in Yemen. Female education as a resource of care was analyzed in Yemen. The following recommendations were directed at increasing female education in Yemen: strengthening or implementing female literacy programs in the rural parts of Yemen; adding a nutritional education and proper child care practices component to all literacy programs; promoting communication for behavioral change using the hearth model in the rural areas of Yemen; increasing the girl’s enrollment in schools through school fee waiving, building local community schools for girls and training more female teachers; Providing scholarship schemes and school feeding programs with take home rations in return for girls schooling, targeting governorates with the highest gender disparities as in Hajja.
Authors: Al-Eryani, B.M.
Country: Yemen
Category: Research
Department: Development Policy & Practice
Institute: KIT (Royal Tropical Insitute)
Keywords: health , nutrition , maternal and child health , education
Language: eng
Organization: KIT - Royal Tropical Institute
PAGE: 61
Year: 2006
Region: Western Asia
Right: © 2006 Al-Eryani
Subject: Health and Nutrition
Title: Child malnutrition in Yemen : the role of female education
Training: Master in International Health (MIH)