Placing poverty at the centre of health initiatives

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 09 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:0

Health is too important to be left to doctors and nurses alone, according to an international group of doctors writing on p 1456. Their letter and other letters and articles in this week's journal mark out the wider territory, beyond mere medicine, that people wishing to improve health must learn to inhabit. It includes education, sanitation, economic policy, labour legislation, and the fight against globalisation: in short anything that tackles the world's number one health problem—poverty. “Poverty,” write Rodrigo Guerrero and colleagues, “is the main reason why babies are not vaccinated, …

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