Neonatal, infant, and under-5 mortality and morbidity burden in the Eastern Mediterranean region: findings from the Global Burden of Disease 2015 study

Mokdad, Ali H, Deribe, Kebede, GBD 2015 Eastern Mediterranean Region Neonatal, and Infant, and under-5 Mortality Collaborators, (2017) Neonatal, infant, and under-5 mortality and morbidity burden in the Eastern Mediterranean region: findings from the Global Burden of Disease 2015 study. International Journal of Public Health. ISSN 1661-8556

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Abstract

Objectives

Although substantial reductions in under-5 mortality have been observed during the past 35 years, progress in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) has been uneven. This paper provides an overview of child mortality and morbidity in the EMR based on the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study.

Methods

We used GBD 2015 study results to explore under-5 mortality and morbidity in EMR countries.

Results

In 2015, 755,844 (95% uncertainty interval (UI) 712,064–801,565) children under 5 died in the EMR. In the early neonatal category, deaths in the EMR decreased by 22.4%, compared to 42.4% globally. The rate of years of life lost per 100,000 population under 5 decreased 54.38% from 177,537 (173,812–181,463) in 1990 to 80,985 (76,308–85,876) in 2015; the rate of years lived with disability decreased by 0.57% in the EMR compared to 9.97% globally.

Conclusions

Our findings call for accelerated action to decrease child morbidity and mortality in the EMR. Governments and organizations should coordinate efforts to address this burden. Political commitment is needed to ensure that child health receives the resources needed to end preventable deaths.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Child mortality Burden of disease Infant mortality Neonatal mortality Eastern Mediterranean Region
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Global Health and Infection
Research Centres and Groups: Wellcome Trust Brighton and Sussex Centre for Global Health Research
Depositing User: Esther Garibay
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2017 17:09
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2017 12:06
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/71831

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