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Graphs showing time trends in mortality rates

Female category-specific mortality at age < 1 year in

the United Kingdom: 1950-2007

Graph showing category-specific mortality at age 0 years in the UK, 1950-2007.

Comment: Female infant mortality in the UK fell by about 74% between 1967 and 2007. This corresponds to an absolute decline of 1256 yearly deaths per 100 000 infants, some 22% of which is attributable to a decrease in congenital malformations, 14% similarly to a decrease in asphyxia and respiratory conditions affecting newborns, 12% to a decrease in birth injuries, and 22% to a decrease in other congenital, perinatal and infant causes (ie, "conditions arising near the start of life"). A further 5% of the overall absolute decline is attributable to a decrease in other forms of injury (ie, injuries other than birth injuries).

Categories: For descriptions of what the categories mean, and examples of the causes of death they include, see the Information about Causes of Death page.

Method: Mortality rates calculated using data from the World Health Organization and the United Nations Population Division, then standardised for age (by taking unweighted averages of component rates) and smoothed (as weighted 3-year moving averages). For details, see the Info page.

Caution: Trends can reflect not only changes in disease occurrence or treatment, but also changes in how a cause of death is defined or coded.

WHO mortality rates for particular countries, ages and causes of death