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Trends in child mortality in India
Authors: Behl AS.
Source: Indian Pediatrics, 50(1):143-7
Topic(s): Childhood mortality
Country: Asia
Published: JAN 2013
Abstract: To assess Indias recent trends in child mortality rates and disparities and identify ways to reduce child mortality and wealth-related health disparities, we analyzed three years of data from Indias National Family Health Survey related to child mortality. Nationally, declines in average child mortality were statistically significant, but declines in inequality were not. Urban areas had lower child mortality rates than rural areas but higher inequalities. Interstate differences in child mortality rates were significant, with rates in the highest-mortality states four to six times higher than in the lowest-mortality states. However, child mortality in most states declined.