Volume 19 - Article 37 | Pages 1419-1434

Adult mortality in a rural area of Senegal: Non-communicable diseases have a large impact in Mlomp

By Géraldine Duthé, Gilles Pison

Print this page  Facebook  Twitter


Date received:03 Oct 2007
Date published:01 Aug 2008
Word count:6079
Keywords:adult mortality, causes of death, demographic surveillance system, rural area, Senegal, sub-Saharan Africa, verbal autopsy


This study provides original estimates of adult mortality in Mlomp, a rural population of Senegal which has been monitored for twenty years. Causes of death are assessed through verbal autopsies which are completed by medical information. Between ages 15 and 60, male mortality is much higher than female mortality. Globally, AIDS mortality does not have the tragic impact observed in other regions of Africa, and maternal mortality is relatively low for a rural area, unlike injuries which are common among men. In Mlomp, non-communicable diseases, especially cancers, are predominant. In addition to behavioural factors, infectious diseases may contribute to this situation.

Author's Affiliation

Géraldine Duthé - Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED), France [Email]
Gilles Pison - Muséum national d'histoire naturelle, France [Email]

Other articles by the same author/authors in Demographic Research

» Mortality in the Caucasus: An attempt to re-estimate recent mortality trends in Armenia and Georgia
Volume 22 - Article 23

» Population observatories as sources of information on mortality in developing countries
Volume 13 - Article 13

Most recent similar articles in Demographic Research

» The impact of female employment on fertility in Dakar (Senegal) and Lomé (Togo)
Volume 20 - Article 7    | Keywords: Senegal, sub-Saharan Africa

» Orphan status, school attendance, and relationship to household head in Nigeria
Volume 36 - Article 22    | Keywords: sub-Saharan Africa

» Adult mortality patterns in the former Soviet Union’s southern tier: Armenia and Georgia in comparative perspective
Volume 36 - Article 19    | Keywords: adult mortality

» Understanding the contribution of suicide to life expectancy in South Korea
Volume 35 - Article 22    | Keywords: causes of death

» Insight on 'typical' longevity: An analysis of the modal lifespan by leading causes of death in Canada
Volume 35 - Article 17    | Keywords: causes of death