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Deprivation affects more than half of the world's children

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 09 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1361
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

More than half of the children in the world live in extreme deprivation due to poverty, war, and HIV/AIDS, warns a report published this week by the Unicef, which argues that these problems are impeding the development of the countries affected. The report also provides a complete almanac of up to date statistical data on children.

Children experience poverty differently from adults, and the standard measures of income or consumption fail to capture the impact of …

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