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Title:Developmental Implications of Early Mortality Factors in Nigeria
Author:Ahonsi, Babatunde A.
Periodical:Journal of Social Development in Africa (ISSN 1012-1080)
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Nigeria
West Africa
Subjects:child mortality
Health and Nutrition
Miscellaneous (i.e. Demography, Refugees, Sports)
Development and Technology
Health, Nutrition, and Medicine
Education and Training
Women and Their Children
Medicine, Nutrition, Public Health
Mortality decline
Health facilities
Economic and social development
Abstract:Past empirical findings about early mortality factors in Nigeria are examined within the Proximate Determinants Framework of child survival developed by W. Mosley and L.C. Chen (1984). The data used are from multistage demographic sample surveys usually devoted to fertility questions, due to the absence of up-to-date sampling frames and a proper registration system. It is shown that in Nigeria higher parental income and density of health facilities tend to have a greater lowering impact on early mortality than paternal and maternal education. The power of informed parents to take control of the health of their children is often limited by poverty and the inaccessibility of basic public utilities and services that make for humane living conditions. In order to lower the level of early mortality in Nigeria extensive health and community services should be provided, and more economic opportunities should be created to raise living standards for the bulk of the population. The pursuit of 'short-cut' solutions is unlikely to be in the interests of health and development in Nigeria in the long run. Bibliogr., sum.