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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.
We compared mortality …
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.
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