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  1. Strategic directions for improving the health and development of children and adolescents

    The document summarizes priority areas for WHO action based on global evidence. Improving the health and development of children and adolescents means that WHO will need to shape its implementation of the strategy to the epidemiological needs of specific regions and countries. The strategy document proposes a flexible, country-specific approach that reflects and respects differences in epidemiology. In addition, it outlines a strategic framework that is based on equity, the life course, and a public health approach. It defines principles to guide the implementation. …

  2. Gap between preferred and actual birth intervals in Sub-Saharan Africa : implications for fertility and child health

    Using Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) data from 20 subSaharan countries, this article compares women’s actual lengths of birth intervals to preferred lengths and assesses the implications of the difference for selected demographic and health indicators. The results show a clear pattern. Women prefer much longer birth intervals than they actually have in Comoros, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe, compared with women in the other 15 countries studied. …

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