Did the civil war in Lebanon leave a mark on the country's mortality pattern?

Hala G. Naufal Rizkallah, Lebanese University
Tania Faour, Lebanese University

Lebanon experienced an endemic war from 1975 to 1990. The war had a devastating effect on the country's infrastructure and its population. About 7% of the Lebanese died, nearly 10% were seriously injured and more than one-third emigrated. Using the latest civil registration data -the only available data on deaths in the country-, this paper assesses the impact of war on the levels of infant, child and adult mortality, and expectation of life at birth (e0). The analysis is based on the information on deaths by age and sex, extracted from the civil registration system for three consecutive years: 1997, 1998 and 1999. The study also utilizes the data of sample surveys conducted in Lebanon in 1996 (PHS and LMCHS). The results reveal that the impact of war on the age pattern of mortality is particularly visible in the case of males.

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Presented in Poster Session 4