Trends in child mortality: A prospective, population-based cohort study in a rural population in south-west Uganda

Lei Zhang, Dermot Maher, Mary Munyagwa, Ivan Kasamba, Jonathan Levin, Samuel Biraro, Heiner Grosskurth

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Background: Although there has been substantial global progress in decreasing child mortality over the past two decades, progress in sub-Saharan Africa has largely lagged behind. The temporal trends in child mortality and associated risk factors were investigated in a cohort of children in rural Uganda. 

Methods: Information on children's vital status, delivery, breastfeeding, vaccination history, maternal vital and HIV status, and children's HIV status for 1993-2007 was retrieved from the Medical Research Council/ Uganda Virus Research Institute's (MRC/UVRI) Annual Population Census and Survey in Uganda. Regression models were employed to assess the association of these factors with child mortality. 

Results: From 1993 to 2007, the death rate (/1000 person-years) in children

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23 - 31
Number of pages9
JournalPaediatrics and International Child Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Child
  • Epidemiology
  • Mortality
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Uganda

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