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Infant and childhood Mortality in India

P.J. Reddy (Author) M.S.R. Murthy (Author) K. Mahadevan (Author) P.R. Reddy (Author) V. Gowri (Author)
Synopsis This book is an offshoot of a major inter-disciplinary study on salient determinants of infant and childhood mortality conducted in South Central India (AP). Infant and childhood mortality significantly varies among the Muslims, the upper castes and the Harijans. It is highest among Muslims and Harijans and lowest among the Caste Hindus. Several factors have been identified as determinants of infant and childhood mortality, viz., socio-economic differences particularly education and income, housing pattern, age at marriage, number of living children, prelacheal feeds, breast feeding and anaemic conditon of the mother. Among the major morbidity patterns that influence mortality include tetanus neonatorum, asphyxia, delivery problems, diarrhoea and dysentery. Malnutrition of infants and children and prematurity are other causes of mortality. Differential care and affection given also affected mortality. A reciprocal relationship between infant mortality and fertility was observed. These determinants vary for infant and childhood mortality. Thus it is concluded that while bio-familial factors affect infant mortality, familio-environmental factors mostly affected early childhood mortality. The details of the study are valuable for policy formulation, programme implementation, teaching and for future research. The theoretical development and the case studies given at the end are outstanding original contributions for administrators, academicians and for students in the fields of Health and Population and other social sciences.
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About the authors

P.J. Reddy

Dr. P.J. Reddy, is Currently Reader in Dept. of Population Studies, S.V. University, Tirupati, He has specialised in Psychology of Population Studies. He received awards from ICSSR and UNESCO and East-West Population Institute, for his research and training.

M.S.R. Murthy

Dr. M.S.R. Murthy is a specialist on Reproductive Health and Sexuality. He has taught postgraduate students in population studies since many years in the areas of mortality, morbidity, public health and fertility. His current interest is on Urbanization and Reproductive Health. He has published several original papers and authored three books and co-edited several books on Population and Health. He has conducted several extension and training programmes in population educations. He visited several countries and attended International Conferences. Currently, he is the Head of the Department of Population Studies, Sri Venkateswara Unversity, Tripuati.

K. Mahadevan

Prof. Kuttan Mahadevan is currently Principal, Sri Venkateswara University and Chairman, Department of Pupulation Studies. He is a specialist on Population Policy, Social Development, Methodology, Ecology, Gerontology and communication. He is author of 30 books. He is the recipient of several awards both nationally and internationally for his original and innovative research work.

V. Gowri

Ms. V. Gowri is a student of Population Studies and will be shortly completing Ph.D., on family planning peripheral worker (Dai). She worked in three fertility and one mortality projects as investigator and Research Assistant.

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Bibliographic information

Title Infant and childhood Mortality in India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1985
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
length xiv+120p., Tables; Appendix; Figures; Maps; Plates; Bibilography; Index; 23cm.