Millennium Development Goal Four and Child Health Inequities in Indonesia: A Systematic Review of the Literature

Julia Schröders , Stig Wall, Hari Kusnanto, Nawi Ng
PLoS ONE 10(5): e0123629.
Published online: 5 May 2015


Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 calls for reducing mortality of children under-five years by two-thirds by 2015. Indonesia is on track to officially meet the MDG 4 targets by 2015 but progress has been far from universal. It has been argued that national level statistics, on which MDG 4 relies, obscure persistent health inequities within the country. Particularly inequities in child health are a major global public health challenge both for achieving MDG 4 in 2015 and beyond. This review aims to map out the situation of MDG 4 with respect to disadvantaged populations in Indonesia applying the Social Determinants of Health (SDH) framework. The specific objectives are to answer: Who are the disadvantaged populations? Where do they live? And why and how is the inequitable distribution of health explained in terms of the SDH framework?

KeywordsPalabras clave:

Mortality of children, Millennium Development Goal (MDG), Systematic Review, Indonesia

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