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Everyone wants to live a long and healthy life.

Latest video: Motorbikes and midwives

Poor people’s health is a top priority. Healthy people can look after their children, hold down jobs, and help their country to grow.

Watch our latest health video, 'Motorbikes and Midwives', to find out how we're helping to improve maternal healthcare provision in Kenya.

To find out more about all aspects of our work on health, choose from the topics below.

Just the facts

We have a wealth of information about the fight against world poverty on our site. Click on a topic below to find out more information.


Undernutrition is an on-going crisis, first and foremost, about death, about loss of opportunities and socio-economic costs, which undermine virtually every aspect of development and condemn one generation after another to poverty.

Access to Medicines

One of the key building blocks of a well-functioning health system is ensuring equitable access to essential medical products, vaccines and technologies of assured quality and cost-effectiveness. But this is far from being achieved in developing countries. For large sections of the global population essential medicines, even if available, are unaffordable.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), up to 90% of the population in developing countries purchase medicines through out-of-pocket payments, making medicines the largest family expenditure item after food. In Uganda, ...

Malaria and TB

Over three billion people are at risk from malaria – particularly children under five and pregnant women. More than one million people die from malaria every year. Using long lasting insecticide-treated bed nets saves lives. We’re backing schemes to provide families with free or low cost bed nets and are making it easier for people to get prompt, effective treatment. Almost a third of the world’s population is infected with TB. Every year it kills about two million people. We support research into new drugs to treat TB, and into making treatment available to more and more people.

Reproductive Health

One hundred and thirty seven million couples have no access to family planning. Sixty four million rely on less effective traditional methods. The global population is predicted to grow to between eight and 10.5 billion by 2050. Ninety nine per cent of this growth will take place in developing countries, mostly in the poorest of these countries.

Sexual and reproductive ill-health makes up a third of the global burden of disease among women of reproductive age (15 – 49). It makes up a fifth of the disease burden in the world population overall.

Poor women in developing countr...

Maternal Health

Every year more than half a million women die in childbirth or as a result of becoming pregnant. This means one woman dies every minute.

Ninety nine per cent of maternal deaths are in developing countries. This is why we are working hard to improve the health of women. We are already making it easier for poor women to see a midwife or doctor, get emergency treatment during their labour, and choose if and when they become pregnant.

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