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Eight days by foot to deliver healthcare to the world’s most underserved communities

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8685 (Published 27 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8685
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1Boma, Jonglei, South Sudan

One of the key hurdles to achieving the millennium development goals is the need to provide healthcare to those hardest to reach populations who have traditionally been unable to access even basic services.

South Sudan, the world’s newest country, also has some of the world’s worst socioeconomic indicators because decades of war and lack of development have left most of the population without access to education or healthcare, and consequently with the world’s highest rates of maternal and infant mortality and lowest levels of female literacy.

In a country where only one in four people have access to medical facilities, virtually everyone qualifies as “hard to reach” and …

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