Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Low infant mortality among Palestine refugees despite the odds

Flavia Riccardo, Ali Khader & Guido Sabatinelli

Volume 89, Number 4, April 2011, 304-311

Table 3. Neonatal, post-neonatal, infant mortality and early child mortality among Palestine refugees, by field of operations of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, 2008

Field Mortality
Age (years) at death (age “q”)b Mortalitya at age “q” (CI) Infant mortalitya in host countries9,10 MDG 4 benchmarka
Neonatala Post-neonatala Infanta (CI)
Jordan 15.1 7.5 22.6 (17.3–28.3) 2.5 25.4 (18.6–33.4) 22.0 22.0
Lebanon 14.1 4.9 19.0 (12.6–25.9) 3.0 20.8 (13.0–30.9) 27.0 21.3
Syrian Arab Republic 17.4 10.8 28.2 (21.5–34.6) 2.7 29.6 (21.9–38.0) 16.0 20.0
West Bank 15.4 4.1 19.5 (13.8–25.3) 2.5 21.0 (14.1–29.5) 24.0c 22.0c
Gaza Strip 12.0 8.2 20.2 (15.2–25.5) 2.5 22.6 (16.2–29.9)

CI, confidence interval; MDG, Millennium Development Goal.

a Per 1000 live births.

b Age “q” is the oldest age at death as estimated by the preceding child technique. It is determined from the birth interval between the index birth and the preceding birth and the age at registration of the index child.

c Data refer to the entire territory of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

Source: Infant mortality in host countries and MDG 4 benchmark were compiled from UN MDG9 and UNICEF.10