South Asian health: what is to be done?

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7443.838 (Published 01 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:838

Peace is a must

  1. Malvinder S Parmar (atbeat@ntl.sympatico.ca), medical director, internal medicine
  1. Timmins and District Hospital, Timmins, ON, Canada P4N 8R1

    EDITOR—Despite diverse cultures, religions, and languages, the healthcare problems of South Asia are essentially similar—infectious illnesses (malaria, tuberculosis, diarrhoea, etc), low birth weight, malnutrition, and increased maternal and infant mortality. These are related to illiteracy, poor sanitation, crowding, poverty, and unrest in the region and the individual countries. The fundamental problem is the failure of the governing …

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