Child mortality and injury in Asia: survey results and evidence
Michael (et al.) Linnan
Special Series on Child Injury no.3 This paper presents a detailed description of the survey results which were introduced in the Overview Paper. Detailed results are presented first for proportional mortality in children by age group for a population-weighted composite of the surveys, and then for the individual surveys. Following this, detailed results are presented for fatal injury by national or sub-national area, region (urban/rural), and gender for childhood (0-17 years). After this the types of fatal injury that occur in the different stages of childhood is presented. The second part of the paper presents both fatal and nonfatal injury by type of injury for the composite of the surveys as well as the individual surveys themselves. The results show that the leading causes of nonfatal injury differ from those of fatal injury, and the greatest burden is caused by the more serious categories of nonfatal injury. Finally, the ratio of the two leading causes of fatal injury in children, drowning and road traffic, are presented for each of the surveys. Drowning is shown to be the leading cause of fatal childhood injury in each survey when compared with road traffic. The paper concludes with a discussion of the major issues illuminated in the results of the surveys.
child health; child mortality; demographic change; developing countries; disabilities; infant mortality; morbidity; right to health and health services; under five mortality rate;
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