“To ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages” is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations. This goal is essential to build prosperous societies. Access to good health and well-being is a human right, so everyone should be able to access health care— not just the wealthiest. However, despite great efforts to improve people’s health and wellbeing in recent years, inequalities in health care access still persist. People of different age groups and different geographical environments are deeply affected by different diseases accordingly.
According to the data gathered from UNDP, at least 400 million people have no basic healthcare, and %40 lack social protection and more than 1.6 billion people live in fragile settings where there is a weak national capacity to deliver basic health services. This is a large number of people suffering from not getting enough health care. And, the outcome of this problem is disastrous. In Africa, children are dying due to malaria. In Africa and other less developed countries adults are dying due to AIDS, HIV, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease… And women are suffering from the outcomes of sexual assaults.
The health care system in less developed countries is not as advanced, as expected, as that in high-income countries, making these countries unable to cure various diseases. African countries face a great deal in this problem. According to the mortality estimates by UNICEF, an estimated 6.3 million children died in 2017, or 1 every 5 seconds, mostly of preventable diseases.“Without urgent action, 56 million children under five will die from now until 2030 – half of them newborns,” said Laurence Chandy, UNICEF Director of Data, Research and Policy. “We have made remarkable progress to save children since 1990, but millions are still dying because of who they are and where they are born. With simple solutions like medicines, clean water, electricity and vaccines, we can change that reality for every child”. Lots of children, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia, lose their lives since they are unable to reach sufficient medicine. They do not die because of an illness; they die because their country is not able to provide sufficient healthcare.
We should make this inequality stop, but how? Countries are putting a great deal of effort into this issue. Also, pharmaceutical companies are trying to produce medicine to cure malaria. An obstacle that makes it difficult to achieve this goal is economic problems. This goal requires a great commitment as well as money. Nevertheless, the benefits of ensuring healthy lives for all people outweigh the cost.
To help the pharmaceutical industry and countries to achieve this ultimate goal, we can do various things in our own way. For instance, we can promote and protect our own health and the health of those around us, by making well-informed choices, practicing safe sex and vaccinating our children. Even if these solutions look ineffective and small, they have a major effect on speeding up the process of distributing healthcare to all people from all ages and all geographic areas. All in all, accessing healthcare is every human’s right. And this goal will be achieved if we work together. Let’s start now.
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