Aid for essential services for world’s one billion slum dwellers should be scaled up, Red Cross says

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 29 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5356
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

Governments and aid groups need to scale up support for the world’s one billion people who live in urban slums, says a report from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. These people are at high risk of diseases as a result of poor access to health and other basic services.

“Acute respiratory infections, dysentery and diarrhoea, largely under control in high-income countries, continue to exact a significant toll on the health and well-being of a disproportionate number of those who live in the sprawling slums of the developing world,” it says.

It adds that unhealthy living …

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