"Girl power!": The relationship between women's autonomy and children's immunization coverage in ethiopia

Jane Ebot

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Background: Although immunizations are efficient and cost effective methods of reducing child mortality, worldwide, approximately 2 million children die yearly of vaccine-preventable diseases. Researchers and health organizations have detailed information on the positive relationship between women's autonomy and children's health outcomes in developing countries. Methods: This study investigates the links between women's household autonomy and children's immunization status using data from a nationally representative sample of children aged 12-30 months (N = 2941) from the 2011 Ethiopia Demographic and Health Survey. Results: The results showed that women's socioeconomic status and household autonomy were significantly associated with children's immunization status. Conclusion: Overall, the implications of this study align with those of the Millennium Development Goal #3: Improvements in women's household autonomy are linked to more positive child health outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number18
JournalJournal of Health, Population and Nutrition
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sep 18 2015
Externally publishedYes



  • Children
  • Ethiopia
  • Household autonomy and health
  • Immunization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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