now over 2 million childhood deaths occur annually due to vaccine-preventable
diseases; 200 million children under the age of five still suffer
from malnutrition; 120 million couples still lack options in family
planning; and 30 percent of the world is still without access
to safe water and sanitation systems. Good health and nutrition
are essential for countries to break out of the cycle of poverty.
the past century society has made significant improvements in
health, nutrition, and population effects. Some of the improvements
have been due to education, access to contraceptives, hygiene,
housing, clean water supplies and proper sanitation. They are
also the result of new knowledge about the causes, prevention,
and treatment of diseases.
disease patterns are rapidly changing as we enter the 21st century.
Because of weak government implementation capacity and market
imperfections in the private sector, potentially effective policies
and programs often fail. Reforms to address the health of the
poor often require redefining the role of the state, with greater
government involvement in providing public health activities,
securing access to essential health services for the poor, providing
information, supporting research and development, medical education,
and regulating the medical sector. They changes are hard fought
and take time to occur.
disease, exponential population growth need to be dealt with, and proper nutrition still
needs to be realized for millions of people worldwide. Three billion
people, half of the worlds population, still suffers from
diseases and injuries which can be easily prevented or treated.
What are some of the improvements that have occurred to prevent
What do your parents do when you get sick?