Infant mortality rate is a valuable indicator and it reflects a
country's level of socioeconomic development and quality of life
and is used for monitoring and evaluating population and health
programmes and policies. It also affects the desired size of
family. This study aims to find out the differentials and possible
determinants of the infant mortality in Uttar Pradesh, India. By
using the Sample Registration System data of the Government of
India for the period of 1981 to 2008, time series analysis
technique has been used to examine the levels and trends of infant
mortality rate in Uttar Pradesh, India. Correlation and multiple
regression analysis techniques have been used to examine the most
important factors affecting infant mortality rate in Uttar Pradesh
over the period of 1991-2001. This analysis reveals that the
prevailing rate of high IMR in the Uttar Pradesh is around 80
during the last decade point towards the inadequacy in the quality
of health and MCH services and on the other hand lack of demand for
such services specifically during neonatal stage of the infant in
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