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  • This brief describes a study conducted in several developing countries to estimate the impact of unwantedness and number of children on several measures of child health, with a special focus on illness, treatment, and preventive care. Research findings and conclusions (1) provide support for the notion that unwanted children suffer health consequences; (2) present evidence in favor of measures to help parents attain their family size goals; and (3) recommend that governments strengthen vaccination programs to ensure 100-percent coverage and promote medical treatment for all children in case of illness.