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Where do the differences in childhood mortality rates between England and Wales and Sweden originate?
  1. Anna Maria Zylbersztejn1,2,
  2. Ruth Gilbert1,2,
  3. Pia Hardelid1,2,
  4. Anders Hjern3
  1. 1Institute of Child Health, UCL, London, UK
  2. 2The Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research, London, UK
  3. 3Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS), Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
  1. Correspondence to Anna Maria Zylbersztejn, Department of Population, Policy and Practice, UCL Institute of Child Health, London WC1N 1EH, UK; ania.zylbersztejn.14{at}

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We support the call for action by Wolfe et al1 to address the UK’s high child mortality rates relative to some other European countries. We agree that preventive public health strategies are crucial for reducing child mortality in the UK. To put these aspirations into practice, policy makers need to know which populations to target, in particular, whether the focus should be on the health of women and girls (especially during pregnancy), or on the care of children and families after birth. Our crude comparison of England and Wales and Sweden, using publicly available tabulated data, adds information about where the priorities might lie.

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  • Contributors AMZ is responsible for data analysis. All authors made substantial contributions to interpretation of data, drafting, reviewing and approving the final version of the letter.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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