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10 facts on health inequities and their causes

A young girl sits on the ground in a slum
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Persistent inequities slow development

Over 800 million people in the world live in slum conditions, representing about one third of the world's urban population. The likelihood of meeting the health-related Millennium Development Goals is lowered by poor health service delivery to hard-to-reach populations such as these.

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