Literacy, Not Income, Key to Improving Public Health in India – Research Shows


New research suggests public health in developing countries may be better improved by reducing illiteracy rather than raising average income.
“A poor district can nonetheless enjoy relatively good public health if it has a high literacy rate, say researchers. Literacy acts as a base, enabling populations to understand medicine labeling, access healthcare, and engage with public health programmes.”

The article is about research from the following report:
Is wealthier always healthier in poor countries? The health implications of income, inequality, poverty, and literacy in India. Please note: Only an abstract is available for free-viewing.
Rajan KKennedy JKing L.
Source: Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RQ, UK. Electronic address:
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