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    A Report on Inequities in Maternal and Child Health and their Determinants in the South-East Asia Region (SEAR)

    Project report prepared for WHO

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    Fazana Saleem-Ismail, Ravi P. Rannan-Eliya, Chamikara Perera
    19 Oct 2007 | 87 pages

    Abstract: There are significant social disparities in health in WHO South-East Asian Region (SEAR) countries. The WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health called on countries to monitor these discrepancies on a routine basis, and to formulate policies to address them. This analysis examines disparities in maternal, child and nutritional indicators in several regional countries, comprising Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal and Sri Lanka, and explores the determinants of the disparities in child stunting and skilled birth attendance. it finds that education and other social factors play major roles, and the role of the health system as a determinant is greater for skilled birth attendance, as well as varying in impact across countries.




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