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Determinants of infant mortality in Malawi: A spatial perspective

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  • Kalipeni, Ezekiel
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    This paper examines the spatial variation of infant mortality in Malawi between 1977 and 1987. Data from the 1977 and 1987 censuses are used in simple correlation and forward stepwise regression analysis to explain and/or predict the variation and change of infant mortality at district (county) level. The results indicate that, at the macro-level, the variation of infant mortality is strongly associated with a number of demographic and socioeconomic variables. Region in which a district finds itself also matters as far as levels of infant mortality are concerned. With a rapidly expanding population, the study concludes that the reduction of infant mortality throughout the country should be vigorously pursued by the government of Malawi. Fertility will continue to be high if infant and childhood mortality persist at current levels.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Social Science & Medicine.

    Volume (Year): 37 (1993)
    Issue (Month): 2 (July)
    Pages: 183-198

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:37:y:1993:i:2:p:183-198

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    Keywords: infant mortality spatial variation forward stepwise regression analysis female occupations female education;

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    1. Ellen van de Poel & Owen O'Donnell & Eddy Van Doorslaer, 2007. "What explains the Rural-Urban Gap in Infant Mortality — Household or Community Characteristics?," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 07-067/3, Tinbergen Institute.
    2. Hakansson, N. Thomas, 1998. "Pagan practices and the death of children: German colonial missionaries and child health care in South Pare, Tanzania," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 26(9), pages 1763-1772, September.
    3. Ellen van de Poel & Owen O'Donnell & Eddy Van Doorslaer, 2007. "What explains the Rural-Urban Gap in Infant Mortality — Household or Community Characteristics?," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 07-067/3, Tinbergen Institute.
    4. Yabiku, Scott T. & Agadjanian, Victor & Cau, Boaventura, 2012. "Labor migration and child mortality in Mozambique," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 75(12), pages 2530-2538.

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