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Conflict and the long-lasting impact on child health

Anastasia Aladysheva

Evidence shows that conflicts have a long-lasting negative impact on the health outcomes of a population. The ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, Yemen and other states today may have a long-lasting health impact on the lives of future generations there.

The Demographic and Health Surveys Programme in developing countries estimate that more than 40% of children under the age of five have stunted growth—are too short for their age—with the majority living in sub-Saharan Africa. An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five died around the world in 2015 and less than half of all births in sub-Saharan Africa were delivered outside of a healthcare facility. Experts note that poor health outcomes during childhood have a long-lasting impact on educational achievement and are linked to poor future health status in adolescence and adulthood.


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