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The stalling child mortality in Ghana: the case of three northern regions

Mutaru G Iddrisu, University of Cape Town

The study examined the levels of, and trends in infant and child mortality in the three northern regions of Ghana over 1993-2003 period. The 1993, 1998 and 2003 Ghana Demographic and Health Survey (GDHS) data were used for the study. Indirect techniques were used to estimate the mortality levels. From the analysis, the East family of Coale-Demeny Model Life Tables was found to conform to mortality patterns in the three regions. The average mortality levels for Northern, Upper West and Upper East regions were estimated as 15.7, 13.4 and 19.1 respectively. The implied expectation of life at birth for both males and females based on the average mortality levels has also been estimated. Multivariate logistic regression was used to fit the models. Education of mother, birth order of child and marital status of mother are significant determinants of the incidence of child mortality in the three northern regions of Ghana.

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