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July 12, 1995

Achieving Global Child Health Goals

JAMA. 1995;274(2):103-105. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530020019006

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Abstract

AN AFRICAN proverb says it takes an entire village to raise a child. Around the globe, children's health advocates are emulating such traditional wisdom as they measure recent gains and strive for greater improvements for children who suffer and die from such common killers as malnutrition, respiratory disease, and diarrhea.

"The time has come to acknowledge that the health and safety of children is an issue of both domestic and global concern," said Wah Jun Tze, MD, professor of pediatrics at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine, Vancouver, and chair of the second international congress on children's health conducted last month in Vancouver.

The meeting attracted representatives from more than 60 countries and health ministers from 14 nations, including Egypt, Russia, and Thailand. They all focused on gauging international progress in children's health since the World Summit for Children in 1990.

"The gains have been very impressive worldwide,"

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