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Overview Report

Davidson R. Gwatkin, Shea Rutstein, Kiersten Johnson, Eldaw Suliman, Adam Wagstaff, and Agbessi Amouzou. Socio-Economic Differences in Health, Nutrition, and Population (Washington, D.C.: The World Bank, 2007).

Like the other publications in the series to which it belongs, the overview report is intended to serve as a sourcebook for use by those wishing to raise awareness of health problems among the poor, and to develop strategies for alleviating those problems. To this end, it presents the principal outcomes of an equity-oriented compilation of data from 95 household surveys undertaken in 56 low- and middle-income countries by the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) project between 1990 and 2005. Each of the overview report’s 120 principal tables deals with a single indicator of health status or service use, or of health-related behavior or social development; and, for this indicator, provides estimated values for each economically-defined 20% (quintile) of the population in all 56 countries.

The report’s full contents may be accessed by clicking here:   overview report.




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