Improving Health and Well-being
Education and health go hand in hand.Â Education equips people with the skills to practice basic elements of health, sanitation, and child care.
Education, especially girlsâ€™ education, saves lives and improves the health of families.Â Educated women are more likely to:
- seek pre- and post-natal care
- follow doctorsâ€™ recommendations
- have births attended by trained personnel
- have healthier children, who are more likely to go to school themselves
- have greater decision-making power within the household
Education is one of the most effective preventative weapons against HIV/AIDS and is often referred to as the â€œsocial vaccine.â€Â Young people who have completed primary school are half as likely to contract HIV/AIDS as those with little or no education.
Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
The most effective way to address preventable diseases including small pox, tuberculosis, diarrhea and other water-borne illnesses is through education and behavior change. Â Having adequate and appropriate water supply and sanitation facilities in schools is a major factor influencing whether children, and especially adolescent girls, attend school. Â Schools provide an excellent place for children to learn about hygiene practices.