BackgroundInfant mortality rate is regarded as an important andsensitive indicator of the health status of a community. Italso reflects the living standard of the people and theeffectiveness of interventions for improving maternal andchild health. Multiple factors related to social and economicconditions, health care and environment have a significantrole to play on childhood mortality and improving childhoodmortality is a national priority. The present study wasplanned to 1) determine the mortality rate among neonatesand infants. 2) identification of pattern of various factors inrelation to infant mortality and 3) to identify the causes ofdeath in this age group.MethodAll the deaths in children under 12 months during July 2005to June 2006 in Jawan block of district Aligarh, India wererecorded. The cause of death was ascertained using thestandard verbal autopsy procedure.ResultsIn the study period, 446 live births and 37 deaths in childrenunder one year of age were reported. The neonatal andinfant mortality rates were 49.4 and 83.0 per thousand livebirths respectively. The main causes of infant deaths werebirth asphyxia, diarrhoea, pneumonia, prematurity(including Low birth weight and malnutrition).ConclusionMost of the death among infants are preventable, thoughpromotion of institutional deliveries, strengthening of referralsystem, early recognition of danger signs and periodicretraining of health workers
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