Health

'Good health is a crown that only the sick can see'

Health Fund

Key Facts

Understanding healthcare in the developing world

Only 50% of women in poor countries receive the right treatment

1 in 7 people around the world do not have access to health services

2.2 million children die each year because they are not immunized

The deadly ink between poor health and poverty

One of the main causes of poor health is poverty. The lives of vulnerable communities around the world are at risk every day, simply because they are too poor. Poorer communities often lack adequate sanitation and clean water, and families often cannot afford basic food and are more susceptible to diseases like malaria and HIV.

When they do get sick, these families are too poor to access decent healthcare and are often not able to afford the right medication to treat their ailments. Poor health claims the lives of millions, but it is also a major catalyst for other worries too.

When children are unwell, they cannot go to school to learn, and when adults are unwell, they cannot work and make a living to support their families. This not only has a detrimental effect locally, but an inefficient workforce is an obstacle to progress on a much wider scale.

The sad truth is most deaths caused by ill health are preventable, yet in most cases, the cycle of illness and death as a result of poverty continues from generation to generation. We live in a world where medical breakthroughs are made every day. There is no reason why so much of the global population should be left without access to healthcare.

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Muslim Hands

Muslim Hands was established in the UK in 1993. Muslim Hands is an international aid agency and NGO working in over 50 countries worldwide to help those affected by natural disasters, conflict and poverty. Muslim Hands Canada is a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency (Charity Registration No. 81126 4985 RR0001).