Urban children healthier than rural children in developing world

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 23 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:367
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    One in five developing countries has higher mortality among poor urban children than among rural children, a report has said.

    About three quarters of stunted growth and mortality occurs in rural areas, but in some countries mortality and rates of stunting are greater in poor urban children than rural children, according to an analysis of data from 47 countries (Social Science and Medicine 2007 Aug 14 doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2007.06.032)

    “In a considerable number of countries, the urban poor actually have higher rates of stunting and mortality than their rural counterparts,” say the authors. “The findings imply that there is …

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