Addressing the health of communities is an essential aspect of fighting poverty. Global health issues kill more people each year than conflict, and at least half the world’s population lack access to essential health services.
When people are spending their limited income and time on health needs, they are more likely to remain poor. But being poor is also a contributor to health problems – people often live in environments that make them sick, or have difficulty accessing adequate healthcare services.
Health spans a range of issues, from health during pregnancy and childbirth, to tackling diseases such as cancer and HIV, mental health, adequate nutrition, healthy lifestyles and more.
What we are doing
We are working with our partners to improve quality of life for those who don’t have access to adequate health care, and ensuring that people have hope in a future that won’t be cut short by preventable disease or health complications. This includes HIV screening in Mozambique, and community awareness and prevention programs in Kenya and Mozambique, breast cancer awareness and diagnosis in Gaza, and psychosocial support for traumatised children in East Jerusalem (both in the Occupied Palestinian Territories).
Get the Facts
- The African region is severely affected by HIV/AIDS. One in every 25 adults lives with HIV, which accounts for 2/3 of people living with HIV worldwide.
- Undernutrition contributes to half of all deaths in African children under the age of five.
- Maternal mortality rate is between 8%-11% of all births in Kenya and Ethiopia.
- In Gaza the survival rate for women with breast cancer is low as 40%. In developed countries it is higher than 80%.