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Editor,—I read with interest and concern the recent editorial in the BJO.1
I have visited the Kikuyu Eye Unit near Nairobi on a yearly basis since 1992, and have witnessed at first hand both there and in Somalia the enormous burden of poverty and ill health described and quantified in the editorial. What strikes me very forcibly is the sheer number of hugely disadvantaged people. This, and the distressing and widening disparity in health and income between these people and those of us living in developed countries, is well made in the editorial. I have come to feel that efforts at population control should receive a high priority, and in this regard I was surprised and disappointed that the IPHN makes no mention of this in their checklist of strategies to reduce the global burden of poverty and poor health. I would be very interested to hear their response.