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Government Action, Simple Interventions Help Narrow Child Mortality Gaps In Developing Countries, Study Shows

Media sources report on findings from a Stanford University School of Medicine study showing that gaps in child mortality rates between the poorest and richest households shrank in most developing countries included in the study.

Stanford Medicine: In developing countries, child mortality rates fell most among poorest families, study finds
“The child mortality gap has narrowed between the poorest and wealthiest households in a majority of more than 50 developing countries, a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine has found. This convergence was mostly driven by the fact that child mortality rates declined the fastest among the poorest families. In the countries where the gap increased, the study identified a common thread: poor governance…” (Potter, 11/9).

VOA News: Child Mortality Gap Narrows in Developing Countries
“Child mortality rates have dropped to record lows in developing countries. Improved government action and simple protective health measures are narrowing the mortality gap in children under five years old between the richest and the poorest families…” (Berman, 11/10).

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