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The Health of Adults in the Developing World

By Feachem, Richard G. A.

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Title: The Health of Adults in the Developing World  
Author: Feachem, Richard G. A.
Language: English
Subject: Economics, Finance & business, World Bank.
Collections: Economics Publications Collection
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Publisher: The World Bank


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THIS CHAPTER PRESENTS EVIDENCE that the consequences of adult illhealth are substantial, larger than had been supposed previously, and larger than the consequences of illness in nun-adults. The chapter explores the consequences of aduit ill-health on the health of other household members, on medical treatment costs, and on nonmedical consumption, investment, production, earnings, and income distribution. The chapter also addresses the costs of the coping mechanisms that households and communities use to mitigate or to insure against the consequences of adult ill-health. The most obvious effects of jll-health are the immediate subjective suffering of the person who becomes ill or injured or dies and the sympathetic grief of his or her family and friends. The reduction of these psychic costs is an important goal of all health policy. Any intervention that reduces this suffering improves human welfare and deserves consideration when resources are allocated. The full conscquences of adult ill-health, however, go beyond this direct suffering and include effects that harm society indirectly or over longer periods. These indirect and long-term consequences substantially increase the cost of adult ill-health in developing countries and make improving adult health important to the economic well-being of these countries.


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