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10 facts on health inequities and their causes

A child eats from a big spoon
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Every day 21 000 children die before their fifth birthday

They die of pneumonia, malaria, diarrhoea and other diseases. Children from rural and poorer households remain disproportionately affected. Children from the poorest 20% of households are nearly twice as likely to die before their fifth birthday as children in the richest 20%.

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