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Social Science and Medicine 71, 2 (2010) 324-334
Malaria and primary education in Mali: A longitudinal study in the village of Donéguébougou
Josselin Thuilliez1, 2, Mahamadou S Sissoko3, Ousmane B Toure3, Paul Kamate3, Jean-Claude Berthelemy1, Ogobara K Doumbo3

This article assesses the role of malaria and certain social determinants on primary education, especially on educational achievement in Donéguébougou, a small village in a malaria-endemic area near Bamako, Mali. Field data was collected by the authors between November 2007 and June 2008 on 227 schoolchildren living in Donéguébougou. Various malaria indicators and econometric models were used to explain the variation in cognitive abilities, teachers' evaluation scores, school progression and absences. Malaria is the primary cause of school absences. Fixed-effects estimates showed that asymptomatic malaria and the presence of falciparum malaria parasites had a direct correlation with educational achievement and cognitive performance. The evidence suggests that the correlation is causal.
1:  CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne
2:  EHESP - École des hautes études en santé publique
3:  MRTC - Malaria Research and Training Center
Axe Développement et mondialisation
Malaria – Human capital – Education – Mali – Children