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2009 (Vol. 1, Issue: 3)
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A Study on the Health Factors of Infant and Child Mortality in Rajshahi, Bangladesh

K. Hossain and N.I. Mondal
Corresponding Author:  Md. Nazrul Islam Mondal 

Key words:  Neonatal mortality, infant and child mortality, post-neonatal mortality, logistic regression model, , ,
Vol. 1 , (3): Page No: 82-87
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2009 April, 21 2009 Sept., 24
Abstract:

The aim of this study is to identify the important health factors that influenced infant and child mortality in Rajshahi district, Bangladesh. Data have been collected through a structured questionnaire under a project of UNFPA, using purposive sampling technique. Well known statistical tools chi-square (χ2) test, and logistic regression are used to analyze the data. The study results reveal that health related variables such as immunization practices, treatment facilities, delivery systems, and regular checkup of mothers and babies health condition among a set of selected variables which affect infant and child mortality. The χ2-test result implies that immunization practices and motherís and childrenís health checkup, place of maternal delivery and place of treatment are significantly associated with infant and child mortality. Multivariate analysis results are also confirmed the same result as seen in χ2 test evaluation. It is evident from the study that the child had 62.50% lower risk of death who were immunized than that of who were never immunized, and also the risk of infant mortality was 95.10% lower among those who had to take their treatment from a specialist doctor. Therefore, we should give attention to the expansion of public health system in order to reduce the risk of infant and child mortality in Bangladesh.The aim of this study is to identify the important health factors that influenced infant and child mortality in Rajshahi district, Bangladesh. Data have been collected through a structured questionnaire under a project of UNFPA, using purposive sampling technique. Well known statistical tools chi-square (χ2) test, and logistic regression are used to analyze the data. The study results reveal that health related variables such as immunization practices, treatment facilities, delivery systems, and regular checkup of mothers and babies health condition among a set of selected variables which affect infant and child mortality. The χ2-test result implies that immunization practices and motherís and childrenís health checkup, place of maternal delivery and place of treatment are significantly associated with infant and child mortality. Multivariate analysis results are also confirmed the same result as seen in χ2 test evaluation. It is evident from the study that the child had 62.50% lower risk of death who were immunized than that of who were never immunized, and also the risk of infant mortality was 95.10% lower among those who had to take their treatment from a specialist doctor. Therefore, we should give attention to the expansion of public health system in order to reduce the risk of infant and child mortality in Bangladesh.
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K. Hossain and N.I. Mondal, 2009. A Study on the Health Factors of Infant and Child Mortality in Rajshahi, Bangladesh.  Asian Journal of Medical Sciences, 1(3): Page No: 82-87.
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