Assessing Mortality and Morbidity of High-Risk Infants in the Republic of Moldova
Alumni: Alyssa Paul
Faculty: Brian McCarthy
In the Republic of Moldova, feto-infant mortality rates have decreased since the country’s health care reform and regionalization. With this increase in survival, there has been a corresponding increase in disabilities seen in infants and children born at high-risk that survived the neonatal period. In order to provide adequate care for reduction of long-term impairment, a large-scale data analysis was performed to determine incidence of risk factors and morbidities. The Birth Weight and Age-at-death Boxes for Intervention and Evaluation System was used to complete the analysis. The results of this method show the attributable fractions and relative risk of pathologies that need to be taken into account in order to result in the greatest improvement in infant and child health. These indicators can inform the decisions necessary for coverage, quality, and equity of high-risk infant follow-up care.