Levels And Patterns Of Child Mortality: Application Of Indirect Techniques
Q Chowdhury, R Islam, K Hossain
age group of mother and duration of marriage, brass’s technique, probability of dying, sullivan’s technique, trussel’s technique
Q Chowdhury, R Islam, K Hossain. Levels And Patterns Of Child Mortality: Application Of Indirect Techniques. The Internet Journal of Health. 2008 Volume 9 Number 1.
The child mortality has been recognized as an excellent summary index of the standard of living and socio-economic development as well as community health system of a country. And it has been considered as a frantic topic to population research in Bangladesh. The purpose of this study is to estimate the general levels and patterns of child mortality in Natore Sadar upazila. The results show the probabilities of dying (nq0) by Brass, Trussel and Sullivan indicate that are higher for early age group of mother then decline in middle age group and again start to increase with the age of mother increases. The result implies upward patterns of male child mortality over female child but male child mortality patterns for Trussel technique stretch out upward to the patterns of other two techniques. The estimated probability of dying in case of duration of marriage, the male child mortality is higher over female child mortality of all marriage duration groups and the shorter as well as the longer duration, the probability of dying both for male and female are always shown upward patterns. In the study it can be observed baby born to mother below aged 19 years as well as above aged 35 or to mother whose duration of marriage year is less than 4 years as well as greater than 20 years has highest mortality risk.
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Child mortality is an important indicator of the successful implementation of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Plan (PRSP) because the level of child mortality is a consequence of broad range of Government interventions. We strongly believe that this research will be helpful for the policy makers, demographers and other researcher for further study. The purpose of this article is to study the probability of dying of child for male, female and both sexes applying Brass, Sullivan and Trussel method.
Sources of Data
To fulfill the above objectives of this study, the data is collected from Natore Sadar Thana of Natore District, Bangladesh using multistage sampling technique.
The best-known and most widely applied estimation method developed by William Brass is the measurement of child mortality from the proportions dead of children ever born by women classified by age group (Brass, 1964, 1975). In the study,
The original method has been extended by a number of authors, notably Sullivan (1972), who extended the method to groups of women classified by age. In a modification of Brass’s technique Sullivan developed a simple linear regression model is of the form
Trussell (1975) expanded the model base of the estimation methods. Trussel’s model has been presented in the following form:
Where value of
The data of this study are presented in Table 1 and the pattern of the sex ratio of CEB is shown in Figure 1.
Estimation of probability of dying, surviving, reference period of children using data classified by age group of mother are demonstrated in Table 2 are their corresponding figures are presented in Figure 2 to Figure 7.
The CEB and children surviving by sex based on duration of marriage of Mother are displayed in Table 3.
Estimation of probability of dying, surviving, reference period of children using data classified by duration of marriage of mother are shown in Table 4 and corresponding figures are depicted in Figure 8 to Figure11.
Estimation of Child Mortality Using Data Classified by Age of Mother
Table 1 incorporated the data of this study. Before preceding the estimation of child mortality, a quick check of the consistency of the data is needed (UN, 1983). The ratios given in column (7) of the Table 1 fluctuate somewhat by age of mother but show no systematic pattern can be seen in Figure 1 and the overall sex ratio is acceptably close to the expected value of 1.08 (sex ratio of Natore Sadar upazila was 1.08, BBS, 2003). It is concluded that this test shows no clear deficiency in the data set.
In the study, average parity per women i.e. the mean number of children ever born of male, female are higher in the age group 40-44 that are 1.7895 and 1.7368 respectively. According to the rough the test, the data appear to be satisfactory, because in the study it is observed that average parities have been increased with the increase of age of mother, which illustrated in Figure 2.
Thus proportion of children dead of male, female and both sexes among those ever born to women aged 15-19 are 0.0769, 0.0588 and 0.0667 respectively. At the early age and age of mother 40-44 years, the proportions of dead children are high and middle age group of mother as well as at the end of reproductive span this pattern decreases gradually that are represented in Figure 3, especially above age 35.
In case of male children, it can be seen a very small decline of
For male children, mortality estimates
For both sexes,
Therefore, estimation through Brass, Sullivan and Trussel techniques it can be reveled that for age group 25-29, male child mortality are 76, 50 and 78 per 1000 live births respectively and female child mortality are 33, 32 and 36 per 1000 live births respectively. Where child mortality estimated through Trussel technique are higher over other two techniques for both male and female in the age group 25-29 and are more representative to express child mortality scenarios.
Estimation of Child Mortality Using Data Classified By Duration of Marriage
Data on the number of children ever born and children surviving is being obtained during a survey period that has been recorded not only by age of mother but also by the time elapsed since her first union that means legal marriage duration of couples are summarized in Table 3.
The sex ratio values (in Table 3) are exactly constant, but except for the referring to duration group 0-4 and 30-34 years, and the pattern of sex ratios are presented in Figure 8. In child mortality analysis, the average parity per women i.e. the mean number of children ever born of male, female are higher in the duration of marriage group 30-34 were 3.0625 and 1.6875 respectively and entirely the patterns of average parity per woman increased with the increased of duration of marriage of mothers that are shown in Figure 9.
The proportions of children dead also increase with marital duration. Proportion of children dead of male, female and both sexes among those ever born to women duration of marriage group 5-9 were 0.0282, 0.0143 and 0.0417 respectively and overly the shorter and the longer duration of marriage of women the proportions of dead are higher than other marriage durations of mother, which are illustrated in Figure 10.
The estimates of
Conclusion and Recommendations
A healthy and sound grown up generation can lead a nation to the way of prosperity and vision. So it is our respect duty to make the way smooth and clean for ensuring the proper grown up of new born baby and for launching on the development track of achieving PRSP goals as well as the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goal to reduce child mortality. In this study probabilities of dying (
Therefore, for reducing child mortality in the study area as well as the majority of the developing countries like Bangladesh baby should be taken within mother age range 20-34 years or within duration of marriage 5-19 years of mother.