World Vision Report Examines Health Inequality For Children

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog examines the World Vision report (.pdf) titled “The Killer Gap: A Global Index of Health Inequality For Children,” which examines “the gap between those who have and don’t have access to health” information, education, treatment and care. According to the blog, factors widening the gap include “discrimination, socio-economic patterns, and policies directing how health money is spent,” the blog notes, adding, “World Vision’s Global Health Gap Index is based on four indicators that result from those factors: life expectancy, personal cost of using health services, adolescent fertility rate, and number of doctors, nurses and midwives for every 10,000 people in a country.” The blog adds, “Prioritizing attention to health access for women and children, filling in data on uncounted populations, [and] working within communities to plan and evaluate health services are among the measures to close the gap” (Barton, 9/17).

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