Exclusion from health and education

To tackle poverty and inequality, there is a continued need for inclusive, high-quality education and maternal and child health.
Upper secondary school students in Viet Nam complete a mental health survey. Photo: Fiona Samuels, ODI, 2016

While there has been a concerted – and, to some extent, successful – effort to address access to health and education in the current development agenda, there is a long way to go.

Girls still face chronic educational deprivation in some parts of the world. In health care, girls and young women remain exceptionally vulnerable to death and disease.

Many people living with HIV and AIDS still do not have access to the necessary treatment, care and support.

Despite an overall 44% decrease in maternal mortality ratios since 1990, maternal deaths remain shockingly high in many countries.

Our work aims to apply a gender- and exclusion-sensitive lens to issues like school violence, education and early marriage, adolescent fertility choices, sexual and reproductive health, and HIV and AIDs.

We also explore how these topics interlink with livelihoods, migration and broader poverty and inequality.