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dc.contributor.advisorHerbst, A. J.
dc.contributor.advisorJinabhai, Champaklal Chhaganlal.
dc.contributor.advisorKnight, Stephen.
dc.creatorGarrib, Anupam Virjanand.
dc.date.accessioned2011-01-31T11:34:51Z
dc.date.available2011-01-31T11:34:51Z
dc.date.created2007
dc.date.issued2007
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10413/2375
dc.descriptionThesis (M.Med.)-University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, 2007.en_US
dc.description.abstractBackground Recent gains in child survival are being threatened by the RN epidemic. Monitoring child mortality rates is essential to understanding the impact of the epidemic, but is constrained by a lack of data. A community-based survey was used to determine child mortality rates in a rural area with high RN prevalence, located in the Rlabisa subdistrict of the KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. ii. Methods The study was conducted between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2002 on deaths in children under the age of 15 years. Children were followed up through 4-monthly home visits. Cause of death was ascertained by verbal autopsy. Rates were calculated using Poisson methods. iii. Results Infant and under-5 mortality ratios were respectively, 59.6 and 97.1 deaths per 1000 live births. Infant and under-5 mortality rates were, respectively, 67.5 and 21.1 deaths per 1000 child-years. RN/AIDS was attributed to 41% of deaths in the under-5 age group, with a mortality rate of 8.6 per 1000 person years. Lower respiratory infections caused an estimated 24.9 deaths per 1000 person years in children under 1 year of age. iv. Discussion In rural South Africa, infant and child mortality levels are high, with RN/AIDS estimated as the single largest cause ofdeath. Improving the coverage of interventions known to impact on child mortality is required urgently.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectMortality--Statistics.en_US
dc.subjectDeath--Causes.en_US
dc.subjectChildren--Mortality--KwaZulu-Natal.en_US
dc.subjectTheses--Public health medicine.en_US
dc.titleRates and causes of child mortality in rural KwaZulu-Natal.en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US


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