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Mortality, Poverty and Nutrition in the Pacific

Seniloli, Kesaia L. (2002) Mortality, Poverty and Nutrition in the Pacific. In: Poverty, Nutrition and Mortality: A comparative perspective. CICRED, 133,Bd Davout. 75980 Paris Cedex 20-France. ISBN 2-910053-34-2

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Abstract

The paper reviews the patterns of morbidity and mortality in the countries of the Pacific and explores the relationship between morbidity and mortality on the one hand and poverty and nutrition on the other. It notes the absence of complete and accurate data with which to measure morbidity and mortality making the assessment of nutritional deficiencies in the Pacific difficult. Fiji and Polynesia have better provision of health care services and infrastructure have experienced declining mortality levels and improved life expectancy. Many of these countries experience both over and under-nutrition. Micronesian and Melanesian countries have relatively higher infant mortality and higher pre-mature adult mortality. The paper emphasizes the importance of investing in health which would in time translate into higher productivity, higher income and higher economic growth.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Economics
Depositing User: Kesaia Seniloli
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2015 16:15
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2015 16:15
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/8359

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