50 year mortality trends in children and young people a study of 50 countries

posted 8 Apr 2011, 12:45 by Damian Wood   [ updated 13 Oct 2012, 11:07 ]
In the Lancet (2nd April 2011) Russell Viner and colleagues analysed global mortality data from a WHO mortality database for people aged 1—24 years across a 50-year period (1955-2004). Data were available for ten high income, twenty-two middle income, and eight low income, seven very low income, and three unclassified countries. Their results show that adolescents and young adults now have higher death rates than pre-school children with a reversal of traditional mortality patterns over the past 50 years. A linked commentary argues that the health of young people and young adults has been neglected by politicians and that deaths from violence, have their roots in poverty and social problems and that the solutions will require political change of real substance.