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Working Paper 267 - Does Access to Basic Services Matter for Child Health? Evidence From Togo


This paper aims to analyze the effect of access to basic services on child health in Togo. We use the structural equation model (SEM) to take account of the possible interdependencies between child health and basic service capabilities, and settle endogeneity issues. The results indicate that access to basic services improves children’s health by reducing the probability of occurrence of illness (malaria and diarrhoea). These results suggest that government should improve access to basic services to help reduce child morbidity and mortality related to diarrhoea and malaria. This could be done through public financing of basic services targeting disadvantaged groups, particularly rural populations.

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