Letters

Role of poverty must be emphasised

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7461.352-d (Published 05 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:352
  1. Jim Black ([email protected]), head, epidemiology,
  2. Bebe Loff, head,
  3. Helen Potts, lecturer
  1. Victorian Infectious Diseases Service, Grattan Street, Parkville, Victoria 3050, Australia
  2. Human Rights and Bioethics Unit, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Central and Eastern Clinical School, Monash University, Alfred Hospital, Prahran, Victoria 3181, Australia

    EDITOR—Malnutrition in children is the end point of a complex chain of causation, including infectious disease, traditional weaning practices, maternal (and paternal) knowledge of child development, standards of hygiene, and much more. Underlying all of these is the real root cause—the unjust distribution of wealth and other resources both within and between countries. Government health workers are commonly the only professionals actively …

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