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Gendered Mortality Differentials in Iganga and Mayuge Health and Demographic Surveillance Site in Uganda (2007-2016)

Gilbert Habaasa, Population and Development Consult Limited (PDC)

A study was conducted to establish the relationship between socio-economic factors and gendered mortality outcome in Iganga/Mayuge HDSS site (IMHDSS) in Uganda. This study used verbal autopsy and socioeconomic data from the years 2007-2016. Stata 15.0 software was used in analysis to generate descriptive, chi-square tests and logistic regression. The findings show that IMHDSS had 3,947 deaths with majority being males (51.5%) than females (48.5%). It was also revealed that age, education level, marital status, and place of death had a statistically significant relationship with gendered mortality outcome. Logistic regression results show that deaths among persons aged 60+ years (OR=0.553) had lower odds of being male than infants aged less than 1 year. Deaths among persons aged 15-19 (OR=0.157) were less likely to be among males unlike infants. Deaths at home (OR=0.567) had higher odds of being male gendered than at the hospital (reference category). Deaths among persons with secondary education (OR=1.916) had higher odds of being male gendered unlike those with no education. Lastly, deaths of married persons (OR=2.800) had higher odds of being male gendered than those who were single. The study therefore proposes gendered health programmes to improve health of people in Iganga/Mayuge HDSS sites in Uganda.

Keywords: Life course analysis, Mortality, Population geography, Gender

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  Presented in Session P6.