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Countries’ long term progress in health isn’t related to economic growth, report finds

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c6197 (Published 04 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6197
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

Most developing countries made dramatic yet often underestimated progress in health, education, and basic living standards in recent decades, concludes a report released this week. It also says that many of the poorest countries saw the greatest gains.

The detailed new analysis of long term trends, the latest in the annual series of the United Nations’ human development reports, was released this week by the UN Development Programme in New York. The UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said at the launch that the annual reports, with their annual Human Development Index, first introduced 20 years ago, had “changed the way we see the world.”

He said, “We have learnt …

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