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Save The Children Report Examines ‘Healthcare Deserts’

A new report released on Wednesday by Save the Children says that about 40 million children under age five live in what the organization calls “healthcare deserts,” areas with few health clinics or health care workers, Sarah Boseley writes in her “Global Health Blog.” She notes, “The report looks at 25 developing countries and finds that 14% of their children live in healthcare deserts. But in some countries that may seem more prosperous, the gap between the haves and have-nots is much bigger.” Though child mortality is dropping worldwide, the report shows that “initiatives intended to improve healthcare and save lives help those in the better-off families,” she writes (7/20).

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