The Wisdom Trust believes in a world where everyone has access to the best healthcare available when they need it. We are committed to play our part, and will work with and support any individuals or organisations involved in improving global healthcare.
Modern science has made huge progress over recent years to improve healthcare and yet if we are going to reach the health targets set by The United Nations at the turn of the century huge challenges still need to be solved.
Critical diseases prevention
2) After unprecedented global gains in malaria control, progress has stalled because of a range of challenges, including a lack of sustainable and predictable funding.
3) The probability of dying from diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease and chronic lung disease between ages 30 and 70 dropped four percentage points, to 18% in 2016 down from 22% in 2000.
6) Meeting cleaner air targets is also a struggle. More than half of the urban population was exposed to outdoor air pollution levels of at least 2.5 times above the safety standard set by the World Health Organisation (WHO), while estimates show nine out of ten people worldwide breathe polluted air.
Around 6.6 million children under the age of 5 die each year
Almost all of these young lives could be saved if they had access to simple and affordable interventions such as exclusive breastfeeding, inexpensive vaccines and medication, clean water and sanitation.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is working with governments and partners worldwide to deliver integrated, effective care and strengthen health systems, both of which are crucial to saving children’s lives.
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading causes of death in the world
Around 3 in 10 deaths globally are caused by cardiovascular diseases – diseases of the heart and blood vessels that can cause heart attacks and strokes.
At least 80% of premature deaths from cardiovascular diseases could be prevented through a healthy diet, regular physical activity and avoiding the use of tobacco.
Every day, about 800 women die due to complications of pregnancy and childbirth
Maternal mortality is a health indicator that shows very wide gaps between rich and poor, both between countries and within them. The World Health Organisation (WHO) works to improve maternal health by assisting countries to improve care before, during and after childbirth.
Tobacco kills nearly 6 million people each year
More than 5 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while more than 600,000 are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. Unless urgent action is taken, the annual death toll could rise to more than 8 million by 2030.
Nearly 3,500 people die from road traffic accidents every day
Road traffic injuries are projected to rise as vehicle ownership increases due to economic growth in developing countries. Strong action to improve road-use policies and enforce road-safety laws is needed to avert this rise in injuries and deaths.
B) Understand How We Can All Make A Difference.
We will also provide simple advice to people on how they can make a difference to help protect the environment and to live a healthier lifestyle.
The Wisdom Trust – making it happen
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