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Inequities among the very poor: health care for children in rural southern Tanzania

Joanna Armstrong Schellenberg, Cesar G Victora, Adiel Mushi, Don de Savigny, David Schellenberg, Hassan Mshinda, Jennifer Bryce, for the Tanzania IMCI MCE baseline household survey study group*


Unravelling health inequalities in Tanzania Published: Free online PDF [6p.], Feb 4, 2003, The Lancet - Volume 361, Number 9357 -15 February 2003 http://image.thelancet.com/extras/02art2280web.pdf


"...........The main difference between the poorest children and those who are better off is not in the likelihood of falling ill, but in the probability of obtaining suitable treatment once ill'

Little is known about socioeconomic inequities and health in African countries. Joanna Armstrong Schellenberg and colleagues did a baseline household survey to identify inequities in health care by sex and socioeconomic status for children living in a poor rural area of Tanzania. Their findings showed that wealthier families were more likely to seek medical attention for their sick children, and that these families were more aware of health danger signs than poorer families. In a Commentary, Davidson Gwatkin notes that the authors' straightforward analysis shows that even in seemingly homogeneous poor communities, significant social disparities exist. ..........."

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