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Objective: To assess the infant mortality rate, it's causes in the rural areas of Peshawar.
Material and methods: It was a community based cross sectional study in which 323 women of reproductive age (15-
45 years)who had children were interviewed using semi structured and open ended questionnaire and conducted face
to face interviews through convenient sampling from January 2017 to April 2017 in the peri-urban areas of Peshawar.
Results:The infant mortality calculated for the collected sample was 98 out of 1000 live births which is much higher
than the infant mortality of Pakistan.Our research showed that 54% of the total deaths were due to sudden death,
gastroenteritis and pneumonia. 63 out of 127 infant deaths occurred among infants of mothers aged15 to 20 years.
Conclusion: Infant mortality, being a crucial indicator of health status of population, was found to be high in rural areas
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