Infant and Child Mortality in Developing Countries

  • Tim Dyson


Currently there are approximately 50 million annual deaths throughout the world. About 40 million of these deaths occur in less developed countries (LDCs), where roughly 20 million of the victims are individuals under the age of five. In other words about 40% of the people who die each year are infants and young children in the developing world. Framed thus, the title of this paper may be said to point to the world’s greatest single health problem. And it is not surprising that international organizations and national governments view the reduction of early-age mortality as a key development goal. The U.N. has adopted as a prime objective the approximate halving of the global level of infant mortality before the year 2000 (U.N., 1981). And the United States Foreign Assistance Act stipulates the reduction of infant mortality as a key criterion by which to assess a country’s commitment to the development process.


Infant Mortality Rate Infant Death Birth Order Birth Interval Diarrheal Disease 
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  • Tim Dyson
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  1. 1.Department of Population StudiesLondon School of EconomicsLondonEngland

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