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Male biased mortality among 1–2 year old children in rural Malawi
  1. P Ashorn1,
  2. K Maleta2,
  3. M Espo2,
  4. T Kulmala2
  1. 1Department of Paediatrics, Tampere University Hospital, Finland
  2. 2Paediatric Research Centre, University of Tampere, Finland
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr P Ashorn, Paediatric Research Centre, University of Tampere Medical School, Finn-Medi 3 Building, FIN-33014 University of Tampere, Finland;


We performed a community based cohort study in rural Malawi and documented a twofold mortality risk among 1–2 year old boys compared to girls of the same age. Because of its potential implications for child survival programmes, further studies should investigate whether sex differences in childhood mortality are more widespread in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • sex
  • mortality
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Malawi
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