Infant mortality in Arab countries: sociodemographic, perinatal and economic factors
AbstractThe infant mortality rates for 1978 and 1998 of 16 Arab countries in the Eastern Mediterranean region were studied. The data were extracted from World Health Organization and United Nations Children's Fund sources. The impact of demographic, social, perinatal care and economic indicators on infant mortality rates in 1998 was studied using Spearman rank coefficient to detect significant correlations. All countries, except Iraq, showed a sharp decline in rates from 1978 to 1998. Infant mortality rates were directly related to population size, annual total births, low birth weight and maternal mortality ratios. Also, infant mortality rates were inversely related to literacy status of both sexes, annual gross national product per capita and access to safe drinking-water and adequate sanitation facilities
Shawky, S. (2001). Infant mortality in Arab countries: sociodemographic, perinatal and economic factors. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/119113
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 7 (6), 956-965, 2001
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