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Global Child Health 

Global Child Health
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Global Child Health
Author(s):

Alice A. Kuo

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199309375.003.0008
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date: 21 January 2020

It is hardly possible for anyone in the developed world, lay or professional, to be unaware of the many threats to the health and well-being of children in the developing world (also known as the majority world). It is important to know that roughly 85% of the world’s 1.5 billion children live in developing countries, and that the accident of their country of birth marks them from the beginning for a very different experience of life and health from that of those who grow up in the industrialized world. Social determinants of health, particularly poverty, have a profound effect on global maternal and child health outcomes. This chapter raises important questions: Do we who live and work in the United States have a responsibility toward those living in less affluent condition, and can we do anything to improve their health and well-being? Furthermore, do the choices we make about how we live in our country influence the life chances of children in the developing world? From these questions, the discussion goes on to present models for linking the less developed world with developing countries to demonstrate ways to improve global health.

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