Has the health profile and pregnant Ethiopian immigrants changed in the Ashkelon region in the past years?

R. Peled, S. Scharf, Z. Melamed, Y. Arbeli, N. Strachilevitch, D. Benyaish

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Abstract

There are about 6500 births yearly in the Ashkelon District. 6% of the mothers are Ethiopians, most of whom immigrated to Israel since the early 90's. Our data are from 3 sources: birth certificates, infant death certificates, and the national population register. Birth rates in single mothers and rates of low-birth-weight births have declined over the years. Infant mortality and still-birth rates have also shown remarkable and consistent declines between 1990-1995. We conclude that improvement in life conditions of Ethiopian immigrants and better use of health services have had a great impact on birth outcomes and pregnancy patterns. The gap between Ethiopian immigrants and other Jewish communities in Israel is closing fast.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)264-267, 336
JournalHarefuah
Volume133
Issue number7-8
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1997
Externally publishedYes

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