Cambodian woman taking her daily medication. Photo: OpASHA

Cambodian woman taking her daily medication. Photo: OpASHA

One of the greatest injustices in the world today is that how long you live depends largely on where you were born. Life expectancy in countries such as Chad and Nigeria is approximately 3 decades less than in the advanced industrialized countries.  

Within developing countries a further injustice is that rural people have even poorer access to health care than people who live in cities. 

 

% of global population with Healthcare Access

Source: International Labour Organization

As the chart above shows, more than half the world’s rural population lacks effective access to health care, compared to 22 percent of the urban population. The highest gaps for the rural population are in Africa, where as much as 77 per cent of the rural population has no access to modern health care.

Finding practical, sustainable ways to address this issue is a priority for the Fund for Global Health.