Mortality among children of less than one year of age in a region of Brazil

OBJECTIVE: A description of infant mortality in children of less than one year of age on the basis of official systems of information. METHODS: The data were obtained from two official information systems of the Health Ministry: of mortality and live-births. Health service and home visits were carried out to complete the information on death certificates. RESULTS: Infant mortality was 49.7‰. It was higher among boys, low birthweight children, twin births, among those born by cesarian section, resident in the outskirts, among children of mothers of little schooling, greater number of children on above 35 years of age. The data on death certificates were poorly reported. Data on birth certificates were complete. CONCLUSION: The results suggested that a health information system should be implemented, with a view to reducing infant mortality.

Infant mortality; Information systems

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