African armed conflict kills more children indirectly than in actual fighting | News Center

Paul Wise, MD, MPH, professor of pediatrics and a senior fellow at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, has long argued that lack of health care, vaccines, food, water and shelter kills more civilians than bombs and bullets do.

This study has now put data behind the theory when it comes to children.

“We hope to redefine what conflict means for civilian populations by showing how enduring and how far-reaching the destructive effects of conflict can be on child health,” said Bendavid, an infectious disease physician.

“Lack of access to key health services or to adequate nutrition are the standard explanations for stubbornly high infant mortality rates in parts of Africa,” said Marshall Burke, PhD, an assistant professor of earth systems science and…

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