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International Journal of Population Research
Volume 2012, Article ID 194187, 5 pages
Research Article

Estimates of Age-Specific Mortality Rates from Sequential Cross-Sectional Data in Malawi

Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, 60 Haven Avenue, Suite B2, New York, NY 10032, USA

Received 1 November 2011; Accepted 17 January 2012

Academic Editor: Kathryn Kost

Copyright © 2012 Henry V. Doctor. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper uses a method for estimating age-specific event rates for adults (15–49 years) in Malawi between 1977 and 1998. This method, which is based on the development of unstable populations, is similar to the “variable-r” methods. Data from Malawi demonstrate mortality reduction nearly for all age groups between 1977 and 1987 for males whereas for females the reduction was observed for age groups 15–19 and 40–44. Contrary to this finding, the 1987–1998 intercensal period shows that mortality increased at a higher rate in the ages 20 and above for males than females. However, the increase for the females is much higher in the 1987–1998 intercensal period than in the 1977–1987 intercensal period. These findings may be related to the onset and effect of the AIDS epidemic. Implications for future research are discussed.