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United Nations (1986). Determinants of Mortality Change and Differentials in Developing Countries - The Five-Country Case Study Project. (United Nations publication, Sales No. E.85.XIII.4).


This report is the result of a series of case studies initiated in 1981 by the United Nations and the World Health organization on the mortality determinants in five developing countries: Bangladesh, Guatemala, Kenya, Senegal and Sri Lanka.

The purpose of these case studies was to examine the factors related to levels, trends and differentials in mortality in diverse populations in order to illustrate the options facing governments for setting strategies for reducing mortality and improving health.

Since Determinants of Mortality Change and Differentials in Developing Countries is no longer available in printed form, it is made available here in electronic form in Adobe PDF format.


Preface and Table of contents (470 KB)

Chapter I: Mortality structure in five countries
an overview - United Nations Secretariat (434 KB)
Chapter II: The mortality transition in Sri Lanka - S.A. Meegama (2787 KB)
Chapter III: An integration of demographic and epidemiologic research on mortality in Kenya - D. Ewbank, R. Henin and J. Kekovole (5098 KB)
Chapter IV: The profile of mortality and its determinants in Senegal, 1960-1980 - P. Cantrelle, I. L. Diop, M. Garenne, M. Gueye and A. Sadio (963 KB)
Chapter V: Mortality structure in Matlab (Bangladesh) and the effect of selected health interventions - S. D'Souza (2292 KB)
Chapter VI: Effect of health and nutrition interventions on infant and child mortality in
rural Guatemala - H. L. Delgado, V. Valverde and E. Hurtado (1830 KB)

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Related links:

United Nations (1982). Levels and Trends of Mortality since 1950 - A joint study by the United Nations and the World Health Organization (United Nations publication, Sales No. E.81.XIII.3).

United Nations (1984). Data Bases for Mortality Measurement (United Nations publication,
     Sales No. E.83.XIII.).


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