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Variations of Infant and Under-five Child Mortality Rates around the World, the Role of Human Development Index (HDI)

(2016) Variations of Infant and Under-five Child Mortality Rates around the World, the Role of Human Development Index (HDI). International Journal of Pediatrics-Mashhad. pp. 1671-1677. ISSN 2345-5047

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Abstract

Background: The Human Development Index (HDI) is a composite statistic of life expectancy, education, and income per capita indicators, which apart from measuring the socio-economic development of countries can predict health outcomes. The current study aimed at determination of the effects of HDI individual components on infant and child mortality. Materials and Methods: At a cross-sectional study, data on infant and child mortality rates and values for HDI individual components were obtained from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank respectively. The effect of HDI individual components on infant and child mortality were derived from linear regression models. Results: During 1990-2015, infant and child mortality have declined in all countries. Most proportion of child mortality is attributed to death in infants. All HDI individual components significantly inversely were related to infant mortality rate (IMR) and among them expected years of schooling has the strongest effect with regression coefficient of beta= -5.9 (95 CI: -6.63, -5.13). Conclusion: The highest IMRs have been observed for EMRO and AFRO regions of the WHO. Policies targeting women health and empowerment can have a tremendous impact on reducing child mortality rates around the world.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Infant mortality Ecological study Human development Index income inequality deprivation countries health Pediatrics
Page Range: pp. 1671-1677
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Pediatrics-Mashhad
Journal Index: ISI
Volume: 4
Number: 5
ISSN: 2345-5047
Depositing User: مهندس مهدی شریفی
URI: http://eprints.rums.ac.ir/id/eprint/4496

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