See below for some notes about healthcare. Or click on one of the following links for information about other areas of concern.
Adequate Healthcare Should Be Accessible To Everyone
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.
Health Provision For Poorer Nations
4) Adults in low and lower-middle-income countries faced the highest risks – almost double the rate for those in high-income countries. However, the total number of deaths from non-communicable diseases is increasing due to population growth and ageing.
5) A lack of skilled personnel is hampering the reduction of deaths of new mothers, particularly in poorer nations. In 2015, an estimated 303,000 women died due to complications in pregnancy or childbirth: 99% of these deaths were in low- and middle-income countries.
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.
14 More Startling Facts About Global Health In The 21st Century!
Tuberculosis And Dementia Each Kill £1.5m People Yearly
Whilst dementia receives a lot of attention, tuberculosis, a bacterial disease that affects the lungs, kills the same amount of people globally yet doesn’t receive the same level of coverage.
Furthermore, potential treatments being developed for Alzheimer’s and dementia outnumber treatments for tuberculosis by more than three to one.
Life Expectancy At Birth Has Increased Globally By 6 Years Since 1990
A baby born in 2012 could expect to live to 70 years on average – ranging from 62 years in low-income countries to 79 years in high-income countries. Life expectancy at birth is based on the death rates across all age groups in a population in a given year – children and adolescents, adults and the elderly.
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.
Pre-Term Birth Is The Leading Killer Of Newborn Babies Worldwide
Every year 15 million babies – about 10% of all babies – are born pre-term (born alive before 37 weeks of pregnancy). Pre-term birth complications cause more than one million deaths each year. More than three quarters of these babies’ lives could be saved with simple and cost-effective care.
Cardiovascular Diseases Are The Leading Causes Of Death In The World
Most HIV/AIDS Deaths Occur In Africa
Around 70% of all HIV/AIDS deaths in 2012 occurred in sub-Saharan Africa. Globally, the number of people dying from AIDS-related causes is steadily decreasing from a peak of 2.3 million deaths in 2005 to an estimated 1.6 million in 2012.
HIV testing and counselling uptake has improved and access to antiretroviral therapy has increased, however many people living with HIV in low- and middle-income countries still do not know their HIV status.
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.
Mental Health Disorders Such As Depression Are Among The 20 Leading Causes Of Disability, Globally
Tobacco Kills Nearly 6 Million People Each And Every Year
Almost 1 In 10 Adults Has Diabetes
Almost 10% of the world’s adult population has diabetes, measured by elevated fasting blood glucose (≥126 mg/dl). People with diabetes have increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Deaths due to diabetes have been increasing since the year 2000, reaching 1.5 million deaths in 2012.
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.
Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) Caused 37% Of Deaths In Low-Income Countries In 2015, Up From 23% In 2000
Over 330 Million People Worldwide Suffer From Asthma
Globally, Every Year, An Estimated 300-600 Million People Suffer From Malaria.
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