Have neonatal mortality rates in the state of Qatar become static? A PEARL study analysis.

S. Rahman, W. El Ansari, N. Nimeri, S. El Tinay, K. Salameh, T. Abbas, M. T. Yousafzai, A. Bener

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To ascertain the national neonatal mortality rate in Qatar during the first quarter of 2011 (1 January-31 March), we carried out a prospective pilot national epidemiologic study. Nationwide birth and neonatal mortality data were collected using predesigned, structured questionnaires. To analyse trends over the previous 4 years (2008-2011) we used neonatal mortality data for 2008-2010 from the database of the neonatal unit at the Women's Hospital, annual reports of Hamad Medical Corporation, and published neonatal mortality data for 2010 for comparative analysis. A total of 4909 live births and 21 neonatal deaths were recorded during the study period. The neonatal mortality rate was 4.28/1000 live births (corrected neonatal mortality rate 2.85/1000). The early neonatal mortality rate was 1.84/1000 and the late neonatal mortality rate was 2.44/1000 live births. Fifteen of the 21 neonatal deaths were in non-Qatari babies, reflecting the ethnic distribution in the population. Neonatal mortality rates in Qatar declined very little between 2008 and the first quarter of 2011.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1201-1208
Number of pages8
JournalUnknown Journal
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012


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