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I = Infant Mortality. Increasing female literacy by 50% would result in 30% fewer infant deaths. Explore the Alphabet of Illiteracy

...is for Infant Mortality

Reading protects children. The most basic practices and knowledge of hygiene, sanitation, medication and nutrition, always increase with literacy. In fact, increasing female literacy by 50% would result in 30% fewer infant deaths.

UNESCO (2015) / Oxfam (2000)

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How our partners have helped.

Globally, infant mortality and childhood illness are being fought through literacy. This is achieved through assisting millions of mothers worldwide by providing education in the form of basic literacy, which leads to information about contraception, sexual health and childcare. The more support and information given to these mothers, the better she knows how to care for her child, and the better chance the child has in life.

Feed the Minds is working with ETSC (Education Training and Service for the Community) in the Hetauda region of Nepal to improve the health of 5,000 women and girls. They are encouraging these girls and women to adopt safer practices on the prevention and treatment of illness and disease for themselves and their families through improving their general literacy and health literacy and the recognition of the risk factors in pregnancy and childbirth.

Feed the Minds is working with ETSC (Education Training and Service for the Community) in the Hetauda region of Nepal to improve the health of 5,000 women and girls. They are encouraging these girls and women to adopt safer practices on the prevention and treatment of illness and disease for themselves and their families through improving their general literacy and health literacy and the recognition of the risk factors in pregnancy and childbirth.

They are creating 75 Women’s Health Committees (WHCs) and 75 Men’s Support Groups (MSGs) to coordinate access to advice and services for pregnant women, raising awareness of the importance of anti-natal care and supported delivery, signposting women to correct and appropriate services and sharing knowledge to reduce maternal and infant deaths.

By using literacy to raise levels of understanding of the various health issues that can arise from pregnancy and childbirth, in the first year of the project Feed the Minds have reduced high risk conditions (anemia, edema, weight loss) by 40%, emergencies during pregnancy by 40% and serious post-natal complications by 20%. They will be seeing further reductions in these areas as the project continues to develop.

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Feed the Minds delivers education programs in some of the world's poorest communities.
  • 28%

    3 extra years of education for the mother reduces infant mortality by 28%.

  • 3m

    Every year nearly 3 million children die within their first month of life.

  • 2x

    A child born to a literate mother is twice as likely to survive past 5 years old.

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