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Health and public health are on the international agenda and are now seen as imperatives for development. Despite significant advances in some low- and middle-income countries (LAMICs), much needs to be done in many nations.1 2 Some issues are highlighted here.
There is strong evidence to link health to the social and economic environment and longevity to improved living standards.3 4 Many inputs—political, financial, social, cultural, engineering, science, educational, religious and legal in addition to medical—are part of efforts to improve population health. The public health perspective draws on a wide variety of disciplines and consequently is not a discipline in the traditional sense.
The context of public health in LAMICs differs markedly from the social, economic and political environment …
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