Wealth gap in health

POPULATION REFERENCE BUREAU (PRB)

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May 2004
7 p

Despite imporvements in public health in the last half-century, large disparities in health exist between and within countries. Differences among socio-economic groups can be pronounced, but are easily masked by national data that are used for monitoring and reporting progress. A recent analysis of data from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) programme provides clear evidence of the gap between rich and poor in a range of health and population indicators. This wallchart uses the recent research and analysis to shed light on how the poorest women and children are faring compared with their better-off peers. Selected health and population indicators are provided for 53 developing countries, including fertility, infant and child mortality, nutrition, and the use of family planning and other health services

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