All Slums Are Not Equal: Child Health Conditions Among the Urban Poor

Indian Pediatrics, Volume 42, 2005

12 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2016 Last revised: 8 May 2016

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Siddharth Agarwal

Urban Health Resource Centre; Dept. of International Health, JHBSPH

Shivani Taneja


Date Written: March 17, 2005


Increasing urbanization has resulted in a faster growth of slum population. Various agencies, especially those in developing countries are finding it difficult to respond to this situation effectively. Disparities among slums exist owing to various factors. This has led to varying degrees of health burden on the slum children. Child health conditions in slums with inadequate services are worse in comparison to relatively better served slums. Identification, mapping and assessment of all slums is important for locating the hitherto missed out slums and focusing on the neediest slums. In view of the differential vulnerabilities across slums, an urban child health program should build context appropriate and community-need-responsive approaches to improve children’s health in the slums.

Keywords: Child health, Differential vulnerability, Urbanization, Urban slums

JEL Classification: A10, A11, A12, A13, A14, A19, C00, C10, C13, D00, D10, D30, D31, D63, D69, D70, D79, E21, E24, E29

Suggested Citation

Agarwal, Siddharth and Taneja, Shivani, All Slums Are Not Equal: Child Health Conditions Among the Urban Poor (March 17, 2005). Indian Pediatrics, Volume 42, 2005, Available at SSRN:

Siddharth Agarwal (Contact Author)

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Shivani Taneja

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