Urban slum-specific issues in neonatal survival

Fernandez, Armida; Mondkar, Jayshree and Mathai, Sheila (2003) Urban slum-specific issues in neonatal survival. Indian Pediatrics, 40 (12). pp. 1161-1166. ISSN 0019-6061

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Urbanization is rapidly spreading throughout the developing world. An urban slum poses special health problems due to poverty, overcrowding, unhygienic surroundings and lack of an organized health Infrastructure. The primary causes of neonatal mortality are sepsis, perinatal asphyxia and prematurity. Home deliveries, late recognition of neonatal illness, delay in seeking medical help and inappropriate treatment contribute to neonatal mortality. Measures to reduce neonatal mortality in urban slums should focus on health education, improvement of antenatal practices, institutional deliveries, and ensuring quality perinatal care. Success of a comprehensive health strategy would require planned health infrastructure, strengthening and unification of existing health care program and facilities; forming a system of referral and developing a program with active participation of the community

EPrint Type:Article
Additional Information:This article is the part of a special series on urban child health in India initiated by the USAID-supported Environmental Health Project in collaboration with Indian Academy of Pediatrics(IAP). This series of articles is published in "Indian Pediatrics", a peer-reviewed journal of the IAP
Uncontrolled Keywords:New born infant, Urban slums, nenatal survival
Subjects:Congenital, Hereditary, and Neonatal Diseases and Abnormalities > Infant, Newborn, Diseases
Persons > Age Groups > Infant
Human Activities > Survival
ID Code:402
Deposited By:Mr Jack Eapen
Deposited On:28 July 2005

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