Christian-Muslim differences in child survival in Egypt

Author: Ameed Saabneh

Publisher/Publication: Journal of Population Research

Volume/Issue: 31(3)


This article attempts to explain the reasons why child mortality in Egypt is higher among Christians than Muslims, despite their advantage in socio-economic status. By analyzing data from the demographic and health services from 1988 till 2008 which recorded religious affiliation, it concludes that the Christians’ high child mortality rate is a result from their concentration in Upper Egypt, an area where mortality rates are the highest in the country. However, this disadvantage cannot fully explain the mortality gap, and calls for further research in the subject, for example the difference in access to and use of, preventive health care, and other indicators such as type of residence.