Health for all is a necessity. It’s central to human happiness and is probably the essential factor in developing individuals and society. In an article published by the World Health Organization in 2010, they recognize the importance of health for all. They aim to provide universal health services to individuals who struggle to pay for them.
Improvements in Healthcare
Overall, the world has improved because of the advancements in technology. More people have had access to health care services all over the globe. This is supported by a report from the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The report states that the gap in life expectancy between developed and developing economies has decreased.
However, despite this improvement, low-income countries are still having problems providing universal access to health services. To name a few, illnesses like HIV/Aids, Tuberculosis, and even Malaria are still rampant in low-income countries.
Poverty is the main reason for most countries that do not have proper healthcare. Improvements in health are heavily dependent on economic growth and progressions in technology and science. Most people in these countries do not have free healthcare. As a result, they cannot break the poverty chains, with most of them staying poor throughout their lifetimes.
From a global standpoint, improvement in the people’s situations in these countries can also improve their overall lives. Due to this, most progressive countries have put forward budgets and initiatives to help out countries struggling with healthcare.
The Global Fund
The Global Fund is one of the most well-known global health initiatives. They aim to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria as epidemics, and collectively, they invest more than US$4 billion annually to support programs run by local experts in more than 100 countries.
Their programs have helped save more than 38 million lives. They have treated more than 20 million people for antiretroviral therapy for HIV, treated more than 5.7 million people with TB, and have distributed 160 million mosquito nets, essential to combating malaria in poverty-stricken areas in 2019.
The Global Fund has also delegated some of its funds for COVID-19 response, arguably the most immediate issue that the entire globe is facing as of the moment. They are scaling-up testing with antigen-detection and have amplified diagnostic efforts. As of the moment, they have also procured automated polymerase chain reaction diagnostic tests that are essential to combating the very alarming rate of COVID-19 cases all over the globe.
Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance
Gavi is another global health initiative supported by the world health organization that supports vaccination programs worldwide. They aim to reduce poverty and protect the world against the threat of epidemics. Since 2000, they have helped vaccinate more than 822 million children in the world’s poorest countries, preventing an estimated more than 14 million deaths.
COVAX, one of the three pillars of Access to COVID-19 tools (ACT) Accelerator, launched by the World Health Organization last April 2020, is co-led by Gavi. As of the moment, Gavi has successfully helped five vaccines reach phase 4 of vaccine monitoring and are currently being monitored on the broader population.
However, Gavi is not just a COVID-19 response program. Their mission is to protect people’s health, and it’s not limited to COVID-19 response. They do routine immunization annually and have reached more than 85% of the world’s children.
Slowly, Surely, and Sincerely
We have come a long since Edward Jenner made the first vaccine for smallpox. Technology has surpassed the limits that people 200 years ago could imagine. However, the job is not yet finished. More than 14,200 people a day still die of preventable causes like poverty, hunger, and disease. There are still many ways society can improve and with genuine efforts from people all over the world, especially those capable of doing so.