Determinants of childhood mortality and morbidity in urban slums in India

Indian Pediatr. 2003 Dec;40(12):1145-61.


The large and continuous increase in India's urban population and the concomitant growth of the population residing in slums has resulted in overstraining of infrastructure and deterioration in public health. The link between urbanization, a degraded environment, inaccessibility to healthcare and a deteriorating quality of life is significant and particularly evident in the sharp inequities in IMR if one looks at urban specific studies. It is hence, germane to address the appalling inequalities in the distribution and access to basic amenities and health services with a focus on enhanced service coverage, improved sanitation and water supplies and mobilization of community action for effectively mitigating the childhood death and disease burden in urban slums.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cause of Death*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • City Planning
  • Educational Status
  • Female
  • Humans
  • India
  • Infant
  • Infant Mortality / trends*
  • Infant, Low Birth Weight
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Maternal Age
  • Morbidity / trends*
  • Poverty Areas
  • Pregnancy
  • Risk Factors
  • Sanitation
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Urban Health*
  • Urbanization