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Scirj Volume VII, Issue VII, July 2019 Edition
ISSN: 2201-2796

Association between Antenatal Care and Infant Mortality in Bangladesh: Multivariate Survival Regression Analysis

A H M Musfiqur Rahman Nabeen, Most. Sonia Khatun, Md. Shahajada Mia, Md. Maidul Husain

Abstract: There is a significant improvement in infant survival over several decades in Bangladesh but the rate of infant mortality is still at unsatisfactory level. In many developing countries where primary healthcare requirements including antenatal care services are not generally available the infant mortality rate is not at acceptable level. Antenatal care is very important both for the health of mothers and children. Using Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (BDHS), 2014 data, this study made an attempt to examine the relationship between antenatal care and infant mortality employing survival regression model. Estimation results suggest that the children whose mothers did not receive antenatal care are about three times as likely to die during infancy than the children whose mothers received antenatal care during pregnancy period (HR=2.84, 95% CI: 2.14, 3.63), controlling for sex of the child, birth status, skilled birth assistance, birth order number, mother’s age at birth, BMI, education level, wealth status, type of place of residence and region. The results also indicate that antenatal care is significantly negatively associated with infant mortality without controlling other risk factors. Hence the availability of antenatal care associated logistic supports should be increased at the peripheral level to improve the child survival in Bangladesh.

Reference this Paper: Association between Antenatal Care and Infant Mortality in Bangladesh: Multivariate Survival Regression Analysis by A H M Musfiqur Rahman Nabeen, Most. Sonia Khatun, Md. Shahajada Mia, Md. Maidul Husain published at: "Scientific Research Journal (Scirj), Volume VII, Issue VII, July 2019 Edition, Page 25-33 ".

Search Terms: Antenatal care, infant mortality, survival regression, hazard ratio, Bangladesh

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