This Week In The Bmj

Child health improves in the developing world

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 15 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:e

Child health has improved markedly in developing countries in the past decade. Child mortality has shown a relative decrease of 15% since 1990, but in more than 40 countries it remains above 100 per 1000 live births. On page 1444 the Working Group of Women and Child Health reviews the major advances in child health in the developing world since 1990. The group contends that national research capabilities need to be strengthened to implement change and keep child health at the top of the international development agenda.