How high is infant mortality in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States?

Nadezhda Aleshina, Gerry Redmond

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Abstract

This paper examines the measurement of infant mortality in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). There are worrying indications that official infant mortality counts, based on administrative data, may understate the true gravity of the problem in 15 countries in the region, including 11 out of 12 CIS countries, and 4 countries in South Eastern Europe. In the case of eight CIS countries in the Caucasus and Central Asia plus Romania, the evidence is strongest, not least because surveys that allow independent estimation of infant mortality have been carried out there. In the case of the remaining six countries, the evidence is more circumstantial, and based on inconsistencies within the official data themselves, combined with information on how live births are defined. However, we find also that surveys are rather blunt instruments, and that the confidence intervals that surround estimates from these surveys are often large.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-54
Number of pages16
JournalPopulation Studies
Volume59
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Administrative data
  • Central Asia
  • Eastern Europe
  • Infant mortality
  • Live birth
  • Survey data

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