Child mortality in the Netherlands in the past decades: an overview of external causes and the role of public health policy

Sandra Knoeff-Gijzen, Magdalena M. Boere-Boonekamp, Monique P. L'Hoir, Ariana Need

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    Abstract

    Among European countries, the Netherlands has the second lowest child mortality rate from external causes. We present an overview, discuss possible explanations, and suggest prevention measures. We analyzed mortality data from all deceased children aged 0–19 years for the period 1969–2011. Child mortality declined in the past decades, largely from decreases in road traffic accidents that followed government action on traffic safety. Accidental drowning also showed a downward trend. Although intentional self-harm showed a significant increase, other external causes of mortality, including assault and fatal child abuse, remained constant. Securing existing preventive measures and analyzing the circumstances of each child’s death systematically through Child Death Review may guide further reduction in child mortality.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number2013.41
    Pages (from-to)43-59
    JournalJournal of public health policy
    Volume35
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Keywords

    • METIS-299251
    • IR-88039

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