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The rate, usually expressed as a percentage, of people who are functionally literate, i.e., able to read simple instructions and local newspapers. As no time dimension is usually specified, it is a prevalence, strictly speaking, rather than a true rate. The status of girls and women is reflected in a country's literacy rate, which correlates inversely with infant and child mortality rates. Nations and communities with low female literacy rates have high infant and child mortality rates.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.


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