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This paper analyzes the effect of quality and accessibility of health services and other public infrastructure on the health of children in Ghana. The authors focus on child survival, child height and weight using data from the Ghana Living Standards Survey. The results suggest an important role for public health policy in eliminating the rural-urban disparities in health status and particularly in improving the health status of rural children and reducing their mortality rate. Increased availability of birth services and other related child programs, as well as improved water and sanitation infrastructure would have an immediate payoff.

Originally published in: Journal of Health Economics, v. 15, 1996, pp. 333-357.

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