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Some 400 million people lack access to essential health services

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 15 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3263
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

As many as 400 million people around the world do not have access to essential health services, a report by the World Health Organization and World Bank has found.1

The report looked at access to family planning, antenatal care, skilled birth attendance, childhood vaccinations, antiretroviral treatment, treatment of tuberculosis, and clean water and sanitation. It found that although good progress had been made in some areas, such as childhood vaccinations, in others not enough headway had been made. For example, in 2013 84% of infants received the required three doses of the diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccination. However, in the same year just 37% of people infected with HIV received antiretrovirals.

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