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The world we want: focus on the most disadvantaged
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2013 (English)In: Global health action, ISSN 1654-9880, Vol. 6, 20919- p.Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
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The global commitment to the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) process has resulted in significant, positive changes in health-related MDGs on the global and country levels since 1990. However, while overall progress has been made, gaps in achievements between and within many countries have not decreased, with the poorest and most disadvantaged communities being the least likely to have benefitted. This is particularly the case in many emerging economies where the gap between the rich and poor, educated and uneducated, and minority and majority ethnic populations is actually increasing. For example, in India, where the Gross National Income in purchasing power parity in 2010 was $3,468, use of antenatal care services increased by 12% from 1996 to 2008, but only 0.1% among the poor. In Indonesia, infant mortality rates are on the decline in all regions of the country except for the Eastern regions where they remain high. In Vietnam, inequity in home deliveries between poor, rural Kinh (majority) and minority mothers has increased in the last 5 years during a period of rapid economic growth. In urban China, domestic rural-to-urban migrants account for a significant proportion of notified cases of infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, which is mainly associated with the low-income, poor living conditions, limited access to health care and vulnerability to poor health of this population, and their exclusion from benefits for local residents such as health insurance.

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2013. Vol. 6, 20919- p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-198286DOI: 10.3402/gha.v6i0.20919ISI: 000317470400001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-198286DiVA: diva2:615656
Available from: 2013-04-11 Created: 2013-04-11 Last updated: 2013-05-24Bibliographically approved

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