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South Pacific leads the world in rates of youth suicide

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7009.830 (Published 30 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:830
  1. CHRISTOPHER ZINN
  1. Australian correspondent, BMJ

    In the past week two conferences have heard that the island nations of the South Pacific lead the world in rates of youth suicide, vitamin deficiencies, and diabetes. The State of the Pacific Children, a report by Unicef, says that the children of the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, and the Marshall Islands have some of the highest rates of vitamin A deficiency in the world.

    “The tragedy of this entirely preventable situation is not …

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