Title

Double think and double talk

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-1-1994

Journal

World Health Forum

Volume

15

Issue

4

Abstract

The public health debate on population growth and child mortality continues, fuelled by the hypothesis that in allowing more children to survive until reproductive age, programmes such as the Diarrhoeal Diseases Control Programme of the World Health Organization contribute to long-term human misery by overburdening the carrying capacity of the planet. A significant part of the solution put forward is to withhold public health services to children in developing countries. This argument is here refuted on socioeconomic, ethical and humanitarian grounds. An alternative approach is offered, which takes into account the economic and social obligations of the industrialized nations.

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