Friday, September 21, 2012

[EQ] Equity in Child Survival, Health, and Nutrition

Equity in Child Survival, Health, and Nutrition

The Lancet series - Published Sept 20, 2012

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Executive summary

“……In a Comment, Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF, writes "For decades, many have believed that reaching the remote, the poorest and most-in-need children is a moral imperative ... however, it has often been considered by policymakers as too costly, time-consuming and difficult to pursue with the limited purses of international aid and public finance."


The Lancet's two-part Series presents an analysis by UNICEF to challenge this assumption. Although progress on child mortality and undernutrition has seen widening inequities, recent process and technological innovations have provided effective options to reach the most deprived populations. Increased coverage of cost-effective preventive and curative interventions has contributed to a decrease in child mortality of 35% and maternal mortality by 34% over the past two decades.


The first Series paper examines bottlenecks that prevent interventions from reaching poor people in low-income and middle-income countries, and subsequently identifies evidence-based strategies to overcome these issues.

The second Series paper builds on these recommendations by using a mathematical modelling approach to predict the effect and cost-effectiveness of maternal and child-health strategies. …”


A tipping point for child survival, health and nutrition

Anthony Lake

Niger's success in child survival: Viewpoint from the Minister of Health

Soumana Sanda


Countdown to 2015: changes in official development assistance to maternal, newborn, and child health in 2009-10, and assessment of progress since 2003

Justine Hsu, Catherine Pitt, Giulia Greco, Peter Berman, Anne Mills

Series Papers

Strategies to improve health coverage and narrow the equity gap in child survival, health, and nutrition

Mickey Chopra, Alyssa Sharkey, Nita Dalmiya, David Anthony, Nancy Binkin, on behalf of the UNICEF Equity in Child Survival, Health and Nutrition Analysis Team


The comparative cost-effectiveness of an equity-focused approach to child survival, health, and nutrition: a modelling approach

Carlos Carrera, Adeline Azrack, Genevieve Begkoyian, Jerome Pfaffmann, Eric Ribaira, Thomas O'Connell, Patricia Doughty, Kyaw Myint Aung, Lorena Prieto, Kumanan Rasanathan, Alyssa Sharkey, Mickey Chopra, Rudolf Knippenberg, on behalf of the UNICEF Equity in Child Survival, Health and Nutrition Analysis Team



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