Study Says Kids In Poor Baltimore Neighborhoods Are At Higher Health Risk Than Ones In Nigeria

News — December 16, 2014 at 1:21 am by

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As part of the Wave Study, a survey was taken by 2,400 teenagers, aged 15-19, all who live in either Baltimore, Shanghai, Johannesburg, Ibadan and New Delhi, to examine and compare the conditions in which they live, as well as to determine major health risks specific to their location. The survey was led by Dr. Kristen Mmari, an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins.

When a teenager from East Baltimore was asked to describe his neighborhood, he spoke of “big rats going around in people’s trash, vacant houses full of squatters and needles on the ground.” A young woman in New Delhi, asked the same question, described the dirt and the “dirty water found lying on the roads,” while a young man in Ibadan, a large city in Nigeria, spoke of the smell of urine and streets “littered with paper and other refuse.”

Dirt and dirty water seem like they would be significantly less of a health risk than rats and used needles lying around.

The following graph was made to show the differences in the quality of life for teenagers living in these cities.

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The poor neighborhoods in Ibadan, Nigeria were determined to be safer than those in Baltimore for it’s youth in all three categories, based on the survey results.

What the survey taught us is that kids living in all of these places were exposed to environmental health concerns, such as unsterile living conditions, but based on the teenagers’ descriptions, the kids in Baltimore were exposed to slightly worse health hazards, as well as large amounts of violence. These results indicate that overall, Baltimore youth is at more of a health risk than the youth of Nigeria.

via Vocativ

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