Development of an Integrated Data System for Monitoring the Situation of Children and Women (Phase II: Utilization of Vital Registration Records)
Author: Winecito Tan, Teresita E. Valerio, and Joy Doris A. Ocaya
This study is the second phase of a project undertaken by the Statistical Research and Training Center, as contribution to the development of an integrated data system for monitoring the situation of children and women, spearheaded by the National Statistical Coordination Board. Descriptive analysis of infant mortality was performed utilizing the Vital Registration Records in 1983 managed by the National Statistics Office. The population considered were infants with available death records, which were matched with birth certificates. Important factors extracted from the data and found to be associated with infant mortality were birth weight, sex, birth order, sex of mother and occupation of father. Relevant information on age and causes of death among infants below one year provided explanation to a major health concern on child mortality. In view of the potential use of vital registration records in assessing the status of children, a more organized system can be initiated for efficient retrieval of data for in-depth analysis of births, deaths, their characteristics and causality.