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No excuses for 36 year gap in life expectancy across the world, says WHO

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 21 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6822
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1 London

The World Heath Organization has declared that “there is no biological or genetic reason for [the] alarming differences in health and life opportunity” around the world that mean a child born in Malawi can expect to live for 47 years whereas a child born in Japan could live for as long as 83 years.

The World Conference on Social Determinants of Health, being held in Rio de Janeiro from 19 to 22 October, provides a global platform to discuss strategies aiming to reduce health inequalities, on the basis of the recommendations of WHO’s 2008 Commission on Social Determinants of Health.

In Chad every fifth child dies before they reach the age of 5 years, while in the WHO European …

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