Young and vulnerable: spatial-temporal trends and risk factors for infant mortality in rural South Africa (Agincourt), 1992-2007
2010 (English)In: BMC Public Health, ISSN 1471-2458, Vol. 10, 645- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study demonstrates the use of Bayesian geostatistical models in assessing risk factors and producing smooth maps of infant mortality risk in a health and socio-demographic surveillance system. Results showed marked geographical differences in mortality risk across a relatively small area. Prevention of vertical transmission of HIV and survival of mothers during the infants' first year in high prevalence villages needs to be urgently addressed, including expanded antenatal testing, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, and improved access to antiretroviral therapy. There is also need to assess and improve the capacity of district hospitals for emergency obstetric and newborn care. Persisting risk factors, including inadequate provision of clean water and sanitation, are yet to be fully addressed.
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2010. Vol. 10, 645- p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-38459DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-10-645ISI: 000284329900001PubMedID: 20977724OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-38459DiVA: diva2:378145