A system has been established to document births and deaths in children in a large, rural, West African population, using community reporters.
Causes of death in children under the age of 5 years were investigated using post-mortem questionnaires completed by field assistants.
There was a marked seasonal incidence of all major causes of death with peak rates in the rainy season.
Acute lower respiratory infections (ALRI) were the most frequent cause of death in children under 5 years of age.
Other major causes of death were malaria, acute gastro-enteritis and chronic diarrhoea with malnutrition.
Mortality from all the major causes of death decreased with increasing village size.
Our findings have implications for interventions against childhood mortality.
Mots-clés Pascal : Mortalité, Nourrisson, Enfant, Gambie, Epidémiologie, Etiologie, Homme, Afrique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Mortality, Infant, Child, Gambia, Epidemiology, Etiology, Human, Africa
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 94-0063433
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 199406.