Child Mortality and Injury in Asia: An overview

Innocenti Working Papers 2007-04


Child Mortality and Injury in Asia: An overview
  • Format
  • Author(s)
    • Linnan, Michael (et al.);
  • Date of Publication
    • 2007
  • Pages
    • 34
  • IRC Stock Number
    • 436U
  • Publication Cost
    • free
  • Language
    • English





Description

Special Series on Child Injury no. 1.

This paper presents an overview of the IRC Child Injury Series, a working paper series on child injury that has its first focus on injury in developing countries. The series summarizes the findings of 6 national and sub-national surveys in Asia, in Bangladesh, China, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Undertaken using a new methodology resembling a census, the surveys found that injury is the leading cause of death after infancy in children through 17 years of age in all five countries reviewed. The methodology involved creating a very large, representative sample of households in each national/sub-national survey and directly counting all mortality events in the previous three years and all morbidity events that required missing work, school, or being hospitalized from injury in the previous year. The results show that current estimates of child mortality miss most injury deaths in early childhood. Current estimates do not include children five years and over. As a result, injury, which is a leading cause of death in children under five, and the leading cause of death in children five years and over, is currently invisible to policymakers and is not included in child health programmes.

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Thematic area

Health   / 

Thesaurus

child health   /  child mortality   /  demographic change   /  developing countries   /  disabilities   /  infant mortality   /  right to health and health services   /  under five mortality rate   /