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All slums are not equal: child health conditions among the urban poor

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Agarwal, Siddharth; Taneja, Shivani

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Abstract Increasing urbanization has resulted in a faster growth of slum population. Various agencies, especially those in developing countries are finding it difficult to respond to this situation effectively. Disparities among slums exist owing to various factors. This has led to varying degrees of health burden on the slum children. Child health conditions in slums with inadequate services are worse in comparison to relatively better served slums. Identification, mapping and assessment of all slums is important for locating the hitherto missed out slums and focusing on the neediest slums. In view of the differential vulnerabilities across slums, an urban child health program should build context appropriate and community-need-responsive approaches to improve children’s health in the slums.
Keywords developing country; urbanization; slum; urban population; growth; child; health status; living conditions; vulnerability; poverty; health consequences; health promotion; health care; India; Bangladesh
Classification Medical Sociology; Sociology of Settlements and Housing, Urban Sociology; Sociology of Developing Countries, Developmental Sociology
Document language English
Publication Year 2005
Page/Pages p. 233-244
Journal Indian Pediatrics, 42 (2005) 3
ISSN 0974-7559
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Basic Digital Peer Publishing Licence