Association between Maternal Education and Child Immunization among Married Women in Kenya: Findings from the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey, 2008-09
Elijah Onsomu, Winston-Salem State University
Benta A. Abuya, African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC)
DaKysha Moore, Johnson C. Smith University
In 2008-09, child mortality rate dropped to 74/1000 from 115/1000 in 2003. Infant mortality rate dropped to 52/1000 from 77/1000 in the same period in Kenya representing a decline of 36% and 32% respectively (CBS, 2004; KNBS & ICF Macro, 2010). Retrospective cross-sectional data for married women aged 15-49 (n=3,233) responding to vaccination questions in 2008-09 KDHS were used. Stata version 10.1 was used for analyses, p<0.05. Seventy percent, 66%, 93%, and 75% women indicated that their children had received immunization for Poliomyelitis, Measles, Bacille Calmette-Guérin, and Disambiguation respectively. After adjusting for confounding, women with primary and secondary education were 1.68 times, p<0.05 and 2.25 times, p<0.01 more likely to immunize their children for Poliomyelitis compared to those who had less than a primary education. Education among married women is crucial in ensuring good health outcomes among children. Integration of immunization knowledge with maternal and child health services is imperative.
Presented in Poster Session 6