Infant mortality

Eric J. Haas, Natalya Bilenko, Ilana Shoham-Vardi, Larissa Dukhan, Michael Gdalevich

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Infant mortality provides a useful indicator of population health over time and in comparison to other populations. Bedouin Arabs are an at-risk population for adverse health outcomes for various reasons including genetic risk for malformations, high fertility rate with short interpregnancy interval, consanguinous marriages, inadequate prenatal care, and socio-economic and cultural factors. All reported cases of deaths under 1 year in Bedouin and other residents of the Negev in 2012 were reviewed, analyzed and compared to previous years. Infant mortality rates were calculated using population data (live births) from the Ministry of the Interior. Infant mortality in Bedouin Arabs in the Negev is nearly 3 times higher than in the Jewish population of the Negev. The major cause of infant mortality in the Bedouin population is congenital malformations. Trends in infant mortality in the Bedouin population are described. Principles of intervention and prevention unique to this population are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBedouin Health
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives from Israel
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781629482743
ISBN (Print)9781629482712
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (all)
  • Medicine (all)


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