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Objectives: The Hyderabad Karnataka region comprising of Ballari, Koppal, Bidar, Raichur, Gulbarga, Yadagiri districts in Karnataka is economically backward region in India. This study quantifies the impact of socioeconomic and maternal factors that affect infant mortality in the region.
Methods/Findings: This study finds evidence in regional imbalances in terms of Infant Mortality Rate. Family welfare data spanning over nine years from 2008 to 2016 was in IMR analyzed using regression techniques and results from our model indicate that statistically significant differences exist between Hyderabad Karnataka region and rest of Karnataka after controlling for social and economic factors.
Application: The results from our model can be used for regional planning and development.