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Global economic crisis hits efforts to combat child mortality and hunger

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c2320 (Published 28 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2320
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    An extra 1.2 million children under five years may die by 2015 because of the global economic crisis slowing progress toward key millennium development goals, including those to reduce child mortality and hunger, says a report by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

    The study says the current crisis “has resulted in deterioration in human development indicators that will have important future effects even with a robust economic recovery.”

    Delfin Go, World Bank economist and lead author of the report, said, “The negative impact in developing countries will be long lasting and immeasurable.”

    Under its baseline post-crisis scenario the report argues that millennium development goal indicators will continue to improve but at a slower pace because of the …

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