Parents who have access to healthcare can run their farms and businesses with peace of mind, ensuring their families are fed and their children can go to school.
When healthcare is unavailable, parents live in fear that their child falling ill could mean the difference between life and death. Or when costs are not met by the state and healthcare is unaffordable, they may find themselves in a cycle of never-ending medical debt.
Simple, preventative health measures, like standard check-ups, vaccinations for newborns, and vitamins for expecting mothers, could save millions of lives every year. Without affordable treatment, many children end up chronically ill and miss too many lessons to make progress in school.
More than half the global population do not have access to essential health services.
Every year, approximately 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty because of health-related expenses.
Poor living conditions can cause airborne diseases to spread, for example tuberculosis and respiratory infections such as pneumonia.
Every day, around 15,000 children under the age of five die, largely from preventable causes.
When a community has the resources to prevent or overcome disease, families can find the stability to grow and prosper. Parents can run their farms and businesses with peace of mind, ensuring that their families are well fed. Children have the energy to focus in class and make the most of every day of learning. Women can plan for and deliver healthy children with bright futures.
Healthcare means more than just giving out medicine; it means providing families with access to vital information about health and hygiene. Investments in health education help stop diseases from spreading before they put the burden of costly treatments onto families. The entire community benefits when a student learns that washing her hands at school can stop her classmates from getting ill, or when a farmer learns that he can save money by treating an infection before it gets serious.
Healthcare and health education mean more people have a chance to enjoy lives filled with hope, independence and dignity.
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