The 'urban advantage' in health care is more complex than it seems

September 14, 2010

Amos Channon from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom and colleagues outline the complexities of urban advantage in maternal health where the urban poor often have worse access to health care than women in rural areas. They used improved methods to measure urban poverty in 30 countries, and found substantial inequalities in maternal and newborn health, and in access to health care. The authors outline two main patterns of urban inequality in developing countries, and offer recommendations for improving access to care.
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Funding: No funding was received for this paper.

Competing Interests: David Osrin is on the Editorial Board of PLoS Medicine.

Citation: Matthews Z, Channon A, Neal S, Osrin D, Madise N, et al. (2010) Examining the ''Urban Advantage'' in Maternal Health Care in Developing Countries. PLoS Med 7(9): e1000327. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000327

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