Northern Ireland

Infant deaths

Graphs on this page:

Supporting information:

Key points

  • There is a marked difference in the rate of infant mortality, the rate in the most deprived fifth of areas (7 per 1,000 live births) being one third higher than the rate elsewhere (5 per 1,000).
  • The rate of infant deaths in Strabane is twice that in Ballymena.
  • The rate of infant deaths in Northern Ireland is similar to the average in Great Britain.

Definitions and data sources

The first graph compares infant mortality rates in deprived wards with rates in non-deprived wards.  Infant deaths are deaths which occur at ages under one year., with the rates expressed as a proportion of total live births.  Deprived wards are those in the bottom fifth of all wards according to ward-level 2005 Multiple Deprivation Measure (MDM).  The data source is the General Register Office for Northern Ireland, with the data obtained via the 2004 publication Equality and inequalities in health and social care in Northern Ireland published by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety.

The second graph shows how the number of infant deaths per thousand live births varies by local authority.  The data source is the NISRA vital statistics.  To improve its statistical reliability, the data in the second graph is the average for the latest ten years.

The third graph shows how the number of infant deaths per thousand live births in Northern Ireland compares with the regions of Great Britain.  The data sources are ONS vital statistics (for England and Wales), General Registrar Office (for Scotland) and NISRA vital statistics (for Northern Ireland).  To improve its statistical reliability, the data is the average for the latest three years.

External links

See the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety’s site on health inequalities.