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Global health gap widens between rich and poor

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 13 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1221

The gap between the health of the world's rich and poor people continues to widen, with life expectancy falling in some countries while continuing to rise in others, says a new report from the World Health Organisation. Extreme poverty remains the world's biggest killer and diseases linked to poverty are increasing.

“For most people in the world today,” says the report, “every step of life, from infancy to old age, is taken under the …

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