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Pakistan is a South Asian country with a population of almost 180 million people. Despite significant steps to improve national healthcare delivery over the past several years, Pakistan consistently performs poorly on many international health indicators. With infant and under-five mortality rates of 70 and 87 per 1000 live births in 2010, respectively, pediatric morbidity and mortality remains a significant problem in Pakistan.
In particular, Pakistan has been slow to develop a functional pediatric emergency medical system. With Millennium Development Goal 4 detailing the need to reduce under-five mortality rates by two-thirds before 2015, focusing on pediatric emergencies that contribute to preventable long-term morbidity and/or mortality is crucial. These issues make integrating pediatric-focused research and training into the Pakistani emergency medical system especially important.
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