The inequality of health (Day 187)

Soweto TownshipIn ChemEng365 we regularly feature ‘top tens’ such as ‘Ten future careers of chemical engineers’.

Today’s blog also starts with a list, but is significantly more sobering than previous stories.

Here’s five things about the inequality of health, which should make us all stop and think:

  • Children from the poorest 20 per cent of households are nearly twice as likely to die before their fifth birthday as children in the richest 20 per cent.
  • Around 95 per cent of TB deaths are in the developing world.
  • About 80 per cent of noncommunicable diseases are in low- and middle-income countries.
  • In low-income countries, the average life expectancy is 57, while in high-income countries, it is 80.
  • Developing countries account for 99 per cent of annual maternal deaths in the world.

The knowledge that money, or the lack of it, is a major root cause of poor health and high mortality is well-known. But what do we do about it?

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