oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Perinatal mortality statistics in Harare 1980-1989

Volume 37, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Perinatal and neonatal mortality rates, in the Greater Harare Maternity Unit, which showed a modest decline from 1980 to 1985, have risen dramatically since then. Half of the rise in neonatal mortality rate is due to increased numbers and an increased mortality rate in babies of birth weight < 1001 g. There is also an increase in the numbers of deaths of large babies. There is a strong case for a broad-based on-going enquiry into the reasons for such changes.

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