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Table 2 Fertility in Manhiça DSS, 1998–2005; Maputo province and Mozambique

From: Levels and trends of demographic indices in southern rural Mozambique: evidence from demographic surveillance in Manhiça district

Fertility 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
DSS, Abortion ratio* 67.1 61.9 37.5 47.5 39.9 34.1 27.4 23.9
DSS, Still birth ratio* 31.3 22.0 30.3 40.2 22.6 22.4 27.1 21.3
DSS, Total Fertility Rate (TFR) 5.2 4.9 4.9 4.3 4.6 4.8 4.6 4.8
Maputo, TFR** 5a      4.1c   
Mozambique, TFR 6a   5.9b    5.5c   
  1. Sources: Manhiça DSS data.
  2. aData refer to 1997; calculated from the 1997 census [16].
  3. bSource: [21].
  4. cSource: [7].
  5. *Number of abortions per 1000 live births. In Manhiça DSS, abortion is defined as the interruption of a product of conception within 7 months of gestation, irrespective of whether the interruption was spontaneous or induced or miscarriage. If the pregnancy ends after 7 months of gestation and the foetus shows no signs of life is considered stillbirth. Then we can calculate stillbirth ratio by dividing the number of stillbirths by the number of live births, multiplied by 1000.
  6. **Total Fertility Rate (TFR) is the average number of children a woman would bear if she survived through the entire reproductive age and experienced at each age the prevailing age-specific fertility rates [10].