Login Contact Us
Apr 2024, Vol 12, Issue 2
Advanced Search
How do you find the scientific quality of the published articles on our web site?

Original Article
Spatial Analysis of Birth Defects in Ecuador
Juan Carlos Pozo-Palacios1, Giannina Zamora2, Elvira Palacios1
1Facultad de Ciencias Médicas, Universidad de Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador
2Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar – Sede Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador

IJWHR 2024; 12: 063-069
DOI: 10.15296/ijwhr.2024.7728
Viewed : 872 times
Downloaded : 1123 times.

Keywords : Spatial analysis, Birth defects, Ecuador
Full Text(PDF) | Related Articles
Objectives: This study aimed to assess the geographical distribution of birth defects in Ecuador.

Materials and Methods: This study employed spatial analysis techniques using the records of birth defects from the Ecuadorian Public Health Ministry from January 2015 to December 2019. Morbidity rates, per 1000 newborns, were calculated by birth defect detected and the province of birth, and then the map of its distribution was depicted. The spatial distribution was assessed in each province and canton.

Results: 29 276 confirmed cases born between 2015 and 2019 were registered. The distribution of every disease tends to be different in every canton and birth defect type in Ecuador. The relative rates show a higher incidence in some eastern and highland cantons.

Conclusions: We found a different distribution and rate of birth defects in Ecuador. The higher incidence of birth defects in some cantons should be investigated in future studies, as should environmental factors, consanguineous rates, and genetic polymorphism distribution.

Cite By, Google Scholar

Google Scholar

Articles by Zamora G
Articles by Palacios E


Articles by Giannina Zamora
Articles by Elvira Palacios

Submit Paper
Online Submission System
IJWHR ENDNOTE ® Style Tutorials Publication Charge Women's Reproductive Health Research Center About Journal
Publication Information
Published Article Statistics