Malaria and Primary Education : A cross-country analysis on primary repetition and completion rates
AbstractThis paper explores the link between P. Falciparum malaria - most of malaria morbidity and mortality is due to the malignant Plasmodium Falciparum - and primary education in terms of school performances at the macroeconomic stage. Cross-country regression analysis shows that the relation between school results (measured by repetition and completion rates) and the P. Falciparum malaria index is strong. The results implies that the achievement of the education Millennium Development Goals will require more than just focusing on expenditure in primary education. It does not imply that resources in education are unnecessary but that increasing resources in education and improving education resources management alone are unlikely to be sufficient. This paper suggests that health conditions and especially diseases that alter cognitive capacities of children such as malaria should be taken into account much more seriously. This study also sees the need to place emphasis on research that will improve the quality of interventions to prevent malaria. Specific education expenditure to face Malaria should be examined in addition to health policies.
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Malaria incidence; human capital; development.;
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- I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
- I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
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- NEP-AFR-2007-04-28 (Africa)
- NEP-ALL-2007-04-28 (All new papers)
- NEP-DEV-2007-04-28 (Development)
- NEP-EDU-2007-04-28 (Education)
- NEP-HEA-2007-04-28 (Health Economics)
- NEP-HRM-2007-04-28 (Human Capital & Human Resource Management)
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