Levels and Trends of Infant and Child Mortality in Meghalaya: Result from Life Table and Hazard Analysis

Phrangstone Khongji

This article examines the levels and trends of infant and child mortality in Meghalaya state utilising the data on NFHS 2 and NFHS 3. This article reveals the relevance of some of the socio-economic and demographic factors in explaining child mortality in the state of Meghalaya. Utilising life table and hazard model, the present studies shows that rural residence, mother’s low educational status, mother’s working status, the low standard of living, etc., all these variables are associated with high infant and child mortality. The study also reveals that the relative risk of dying for the first five years decreases with the increase in the preceding birth interval. Young mothers and those with short interval births are also at higher risk of child death. As far as the sex of the child is concern, male mortality is higher than those of females.

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