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The Changing Face of Death in Trinidad and Tobago, before and after Independence

This study compared the changing patterns of mortality in infants and adults during the pre-independence and postindependence eras in Trinidad and Tobago. The main challenges in the pre-independence period arose predominantly from infectious diseases and in the post-independence period from non-communicable diseases (NCDs). This rising tide of NCDs is the most important challenge in the new millennium to the structure and delivery of healthcare services.



Objectives: The aim of this study is to compare the changing patterns of mortality in adults and infants during the pre-independence period 1953–1962 with the post-independence period 1962–2006 thus providing evidence for the burden of disease and the impact of independence on the state of health of
the nation.

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e-Published: 21 Aug, 2013
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