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Buekens, Pierre (2005). Global Maternal and Child Health. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 9(1), 1-2.


The Institute of Medicine defined global health as “health problems, issues, and concerns that transcend national boundaries, and may be best addressed by cooperative actions (1).” Global health issues are thus common to both developing and industrialized countries (1–3). In recent decades, populations in developing countries have been undergoing an epidemiologic transition, in which dominant disease and mortality patterns shift from primarily infectious diseases to chronic diseases, which are a rising cause of morbidity and mortality; these cumulative health threats lead to increasing burdens on health systems (4).


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Maternal and Child Health Journal


Buekens, Pierre