Changes in Mortality in Pakistan 1960-88

Zeba A. Sathar


The relatively high levels of mortality in Pakistan compared
to the rest of the Asian region, particularly countries like Sri Lanka
and China, have kept population growth rates in check. However, on the
other hand, persistently high levels of infant-child mortality are more
than often argued to be a strong factor working against a fertility
decline in Pakistan. It is without doubt that bringing about further
mortality declines is most definitely desirable and government policy
has addressed this issue. However, the major thrust of official effort
in the past few decades has been towards the curtailment of high
fertility levels.

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