Access to services

Basic services such as healthcare, education, water and sanitation play an important role in reducing childhood poverty and vulnerability. Rapid global economic growth and targeted development initiatives have led to vast improvements in maternal health, higher rates of immunisation and more children attending primary school than ever before.

Young Lives research shows how inequalities in accessing basic services persist within, and between, different communities. We find that children who lives in the poorest households are often denied access to healthcare and education, or have access to poorer quality services, and children in urban communities obtain better services than those living in rural areas.

Latest research: Access to services

Rural–Urban Child Height for Age Trajectories and Their Heterogeneous Determinants in Four Developing Countries
Journal Article
Harnessing Change: Improving Children’s Environments to Enable Them to Thrive
Policy paper
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Changes in Household Welfare: Preliminary Findings from the Round 4 Survey in Peru
Country report
Does ‘Improved’ Sanitation Make Children Healthier?
Working paper
Childhood Poverty, Basic Services and Cumulative Disadvantage
Working paper

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