Access to services

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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

Does household access to improved water and sanitation in infancy and childhood predict better vocabulary test performance ?
Journal Article
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Children with access to improved sanitation but not improved water are at lower risk of stunting compared to children without access: a cohort study in Ethiopia, India, Peru, & Vietnam
Journal Article
Rural–Urban Child Height for Age Trajectories and Their Heterogeneous Determinants in Four Developing Countries
Journal Article
Does access to sanitation and drinking water facilities relate to students’ learning outcomes? Evidence from Andhra Pradesh, India
Student paper
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Harnessing Change: Improving Children’s Environments to Enable Them to Thrive
Policy paper
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
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