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40 million children have no access to the most basic healthcare services

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 22 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4667
  1. Rebecca Ghani
  1. 1London

Around 40 million children in 25 developing countries have no access to even the most basic healthcare services, says a new report from Save the Children.

Socioeconomic factors, a shortage of healthcare workers, and a lack of affordable quality services are cited as contributing to the severe healthcare deprivation of one in seven children in these countries.

The report uses the term “healthcare desert” to describe the situation of a child who has not received any of the routine vaccinations …

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