Over 400 million people do not have access to essential health services and people across at least 37 low- and middle-income countries are pushed further into extreme poverty (earning less than $1.25/day) because of the lack of healthcare. The world’s most disadvantaged people are consistently missing out on even the most basic services which poses as a major threat to the goal of eliminating extreme poverty.
Every year, over 13 million children under the age of 5 years die from illnesses which could have been avoided or treated. The poorest populations are most at risk of food shortage, lack of drinking water, and of a proper sanitation system. Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia are the most affected by this issue. Just five countries; India, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan and Ethiopia account for over half of children’s deaths worldwide. This represents over 6 million child deaths per year.
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39 million people in the world are blind, and a further 191 million are visually impaired. Blindness is most prevalent in developing countries where malnutrition, inadequate health and education services, poor water quality, and a lack of sanitation lead to a high incidence of eye disease.
Cataracts remain the leading cause of blindness in middle and low-income countries. A cataract occurs when clumping of cells or protein causes a cloudy or opaque area in the transparent lens which obstructs light as it thickens. Cataracts are easily reversible; the surgical procedure costing between $25 and $250, taking as little as 10 minutes.
Collectively, blindness and visual impairment costs developing countries around $49 billion per year in lost economic activity. Completely ending avoidable blindness is expected to inject $517.1 billion into the poorest economies over a decade. Following eye surgery, a large amount of people are able to return to the workforce to be a productive part of society. Those who are not working are able to perform essential tasks for daily living on their own, freeing their caretakers- often children- to return to work or school. In the developing world, for every dollar invested, there is a $4 economic gain.
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Did you know that poor dental health could further cause problems such as heart disease, strokes, and diabetes? According to the World Health Organization, 60–90% of school children and nearly 100% of adults worldwide have dental cavities. About 30% of people aged 65-74 have no natural teeth.
Oral disease in children and adults is higher among poor and disadvantaged population groups. Risk factors for oral diseases include an unhealthy diet, tobacco use, harmful alcohol use and poor oral hygiene, and social determinants. Globally, most children have signs of gingivitis and, among adults, the initial stages of periodontal diseases are prevalent.In many developing countries, access to oral health services is limited and teeth are often left untreated or are extracted because of pain or discomfort. Throughout the world, losing teeth is still seen as a natural consequence of ageing.
The greatest burden of all diseases is on the disadvantaged and socially marginalized. A major benefit of the common risk factor approach is the focus on improving health conditions for the whole population as well as for high risk groups; thereby reducing inequities.It’s our goal to educate adults and children in schools about the causes of oral diseases and encourage people to maintain consistent dental hygiene by providing them with the necessary tools.
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