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Parasitic Infections, Undernutrition Impact Girls’ Health, Education, Participation In Economy

Chicago Council on Global Affairs: Guest Commentary — Hidden Infections Deplete Girls’ Education Momentum and Undercut Economic Growth for All
Madeleine Nicholson, intern at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, discusses the importance of access to quality education for girls and the role of poor health in preventing girls and women from economic participation. Nicholson writes, “In order for rural girls to succeed and contribute to global economic growth, global leaders, economists, and public health professionals must collaborate to ensure that rural girls are able to stay healthy and engaged in school. Nutrition-focused programming and investments in deworming are essential steps in empowering girls and tapping into the … economic growth they can help produce” (6/27).

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