Does Economic Growth Reduce Infant Mortality? The Determinants of Infant Mortality in Ethiopia: looking beyond individual and household factors

Name: Girmay Tsegay Kiross

Supervisors: Dr Catherine Chojenta, Professor Deborah Loxton and Dr Daniel Barker


The infant mortality rate in Ethiopia is one of the highest in Africa. In Ethiopia 1 in every 35 children dies within the first month of life and one in every 21 children dies before celebrating the first birthday. Despite a substantial reduction in infant mortality, forty-one percent in the last 16 years, infant mortality remains a serious issue in Ethiopia. Several multi-level factors determine infant mortality. In this study, we will identify individual, community and national level determinants of infant mortality in Ethiopia. In addition, we will identify areas with high infant mortality and exploring mothers’ health-seeking behaviour when their infants are unwell in Ethiopia.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.