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Volume 577 Issue 7789, 9 January 2020

Unequal opportunities

Nutrition is a key determinant of childhood morbidity and mortality. Similarly, educational attainment is a critical determinant of child health. In this week’s issue, Simon Hay and his colleagues present two papers that offer high-resolution subnational mapping of child growth failure and educational attainment between 2000 and 2017 for around a hundred low- and middle-income countries, from Africa to the Middle East, Asia and South America. The researchers find that although there has been significant progress in both areas, considerable geographical inequalities remain in many countries. Although child potential is everywhere, opportunity is not.

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