Half of world’s population lack basic health services – WHO

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The World Health Organisation (WHO), has said half of the world’s population is unable to access essential health services, and many others are forced into extreme poverty by having to pay for healthcare they cannot afford.
In a joint report with the World Bank, the WHO said it was completely unacceptable that more than half the world’s people still don’t get the most basic healthcare.
According to the organisation, “800 million people worldwide spend at least ten per cent of their household income on healthcare for themselves or a sick child, and as many as 100 million of those are left with less than 1.90 dollars a day to live on as a result.”
“If we are serious, not just about better health outcomes but also about ending poverty, we must urgently scale up our efforts on universal health coverage,” the World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim, was quoted to have said in the report.
The report further added that this century has seen a rise in the number of people getting services such as vaccinations, HIV and AIDS drugs, and mosquito-repelling bed nets and contraception.
It also added that in other regions, basic services such as family planning and child immunisation are more available, but families are suffering financially to pay for them.
Yong Kim said this was a sign that “the system is broken.
“We need a fundamental shift in the way we mobilise resources for health and human capital, especially at the country level.”


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