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A Shot of Justice: Priority-Setting for Addressing Child Mortality

Ali Mehdi


Children have been guaranteed an equal right to life, yet millions of them continue to die due to preventable causes. Their deaths are widely perceived as a biomedical issue, with vaccinations being presented as the ultimate life-saving intervention. This book argues that a clear and consistent pattern of preventable child deaths is primarily a problem of justice. It engages with the debate on ‘equalisandum’—what (metric) needs to be equalized across individuals in a just society—in modern theories of justice in the context of trends in child survival and access to its determinants among selec ... More

Keywords: child survival, public health, health equity, epidemiology, vaccination, social justice, responsibility, capability approach, India, Amartya Sen

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780199490592
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199490592.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ali Mehdi, author
Fellow and Project Leader, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi