The history, geography, and sociology of slums and the health problems of people who live in slums

@article{Ezeh2017TheHG,
  title={The history, geography, and sociology of slums and the health problems of people who live in slums},
  author={A. Ezeh and O. Oyebode and D. Satterthwaite and Yen-Fu Chen and Robert Ndugwa and J. Sartori and B. Mberu and G. Melendez-Torres and T. Haregu and S. Watson and W. Caiaffa and A. Capon and R. Lilford},
  journal={The Lancet},
  year={2017},
  volume={389},
  pages={547-558}
}
Massive slums have become major features of cities in many low-income and middle-income countries. Here, in the first in a Series of two papers, we discuss why slums are unhealthy places with especially high risks of infection and injury. We show that children are especially vulnerable, and that the combination of malnutrition and recurrent diarrhoea leads to stunted growth and longer-term effects on cognitive development. We find that the scientific literature on slum health is underdeveloped… Expand
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