When it comes to lowering infant mortality rates in LMICs, a hopeful future may depend on looking back

Harvard Pop Center faculty members Nancy Krieger, PhD, and S (Subu) V Subramanian, PhD, and lead author Amiya Bhatia,  a Harvard Pop Center graduate student affiliate, have authored a paper published in The Milbank Quarterly that makes the case for why low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) should take a deeper look into early 20th-century United States history for some constructive ways to lower their infant mortality rate.

Children living even slightly further from health facilities at increased risk of death in 21 LMICs

A study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology by Harvard Pop Center faculty member Gunther Fink, PhD, and Center Associate Director David Canning, PhD, reveals that even small increases in the distance between children’s homes and the health facilities that serve them increases their mortality risk.    

Lower child mortality rates when longer paid maternity leave in LMICs

Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholars program alum Arijit Nandi, PhD, is lead author on a study published in PLOS Medicine that finds a correlation between lower child mortality rates and longer paid maternity leave in low and middle income countries. The findings of the study have received attention on BigNewsNetwork.com.

District-level look at fertility change and gender bias in India

Visiting scientist Sanjay K. Mohanty, PhD, has published a paper that expands fertility change and gender bias research in India to the district level. This new research, published in the Journal of Biosocial Science, suggests that a comprehensive strategy to reduce the gender differential in child mortality and curb sex-selective abortion to improve the child sex ratio would be helpful in India.

Urbanization and Child Mortality

Pop Center faculty members, Gunther Fink and Kenneth Hill, examine the effects of increased urbanization on child mortality in developing countries in the Harvard School of Public Health study: “Urbanization and Child Mortality – Evidence from the Demographic and Health Surveys.”