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Asian countries’ spending on child and maternal health is inadequate, bank says

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 06 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1854
  1. Ben Bland
  1. 1Nusa Dua, Bali

    The current approach to reducing child and maternal mortality in Asia is “failing too many people in too many places,” says a new report by the Asian Development Bank. It urges governments to increase spending and to rethink how they invest in health care.

    Its study showed that 14 of the 43 countries in the region are unlikely to achieve the United Nations’ fourth millennium development goal, which requires nations to cut the child mortality ratio by two thirds between 1990 and 2015.

    The report argues that Asian governments need to increase spending on maternal and …

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