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Type Journal Article - Demographic Research
Title Neonatal mortality in the developing world
Author(s)
Volume 14
Issue 18
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2006
Page numbers 429-452
URL http://www.demographic-research.org/volumes/vol14/18/14-18.pdf
Abstract
This paper examines age patterns and trends of early and late neonatal mortality in developing countries, using birth history data from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS). Data quality was assessed both by examination of internal consistency and by comparison with historic age patterns of neonatal mortality from England and Wales. The median neonatal mortality rate (NMR) across 108 nationally-representative
surveys was 33 per 1000 live births. NMR averaged an annual decline of 1.9 % in the 1980s and 1990s. Declines have been faster for late than for early neonatal mortality and slower in Sub-Saharan Africa than in other regions. Age patterns of neonatal mortality were comparable with those of historical data, indicating no significant underreporting of early neonatal deaths in DHS birth histories.

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