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Old 19-02-2020, 21:05   #1
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Child Medical Care in S Pacific and Australia.

An article in the Australian national news paper is titled "Uproar as WHO ranks Aussie kids' health near worst in world" (which I'm not sure they do but anyway let's continue)

Apparently the World Health Organization has published a ranking of the "Flourishing index of child health" in The Lancet, which I think is a prestigious British medical journal.

Apparently the new method of ranking child medical services in a country includes a measure called "sustainability". Australia stands one place lower in the "sustainability" rank than the United States at 174 out of 180 countries. At the top of the rankings are 1 Burundi, 2 Chad, 3 Somalia, 4 Dem Rep of Congo, 5 Cent African Rep, 6 Malawi, 7 Rwanda, 8 Mali, 9 Niger, 10 Madagascar.

Overall Australia lies at number 20 in the "flourishing" index. The article does not say where the U.S. stands.

So if you're cruising in the South Pacific or circumnavigating past Australia, say through Torres Strait and up through Indonesia, and have a child needing medical attention you might want to check out the WHO "flourishing index" and jump on a plane to one of the countries in the top 10 of the "sustainability" index with the poor little tyke, after all we all want to see our children flourish.
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Hi, guys. To avoid this thread becoming contentious, it is going to be made a "hot topic" now.
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Re: Child Medical Care in S Pacific and Australia.

“A future for the world's children? A WHO–UNICEF–Lancet Commission”

Children in many high-income countries are receiving comparatively good starts in life, but face uncertain futures, because of climate change, environmental degradation and the marketing of unhealthy food and tobacco products, that target children, according to the report.
The report ranked 180 countries based on a "child flourishing index".
Countries also were ranked by levels of excess carbon emissions. When contrasting the child flourishing rankings, with the carbon emissions rankings, the countries among the top for children "flourishing" were shown to have some of the most concerning levels of excess carbon emissions, predicted for the future, thus less “sustainable”.
No country was seen to be, both, doing the well by children now, and the right thing for children, in the future.

FWIW: The United States ranked number 39, on the "child flourishing index".
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