For this year, WHO notes that COVID-19 has highlighted that some people are able to live healthier lives and have better access to health services than others – entirely due to the conditions in which they are born, grow, live, work and age. Before Covid-19, in the UK, 4.2 million children were living in poverty; over 30% of the children in the country (DWP, 2020). This numbers has risen since Covid-19. In Africa prior to Covid-19 more than half the population was living in poverty. In Nigeria, more than 80 million Nigerians were struggling to survive.
As we look back at the past year it is estimated that over 100 million people globally will be living in impoverished conditions by 2022 (Yonzan et al, 2020)
All over the world, some people struggle to make ends meet with little daily income, have poorer housing conditions and education, fewer employment opportunities, experience greater gender inequality and have little or no access to safe environments, clean water, and air, food security, and health services. This leads to unnecessary suffering, avoidable illness, and premature death, states WHO, and it harms our societies and economies. WHO is calling on leaders to ensure that everyone has living and working conditions that are conducive to good health.
On this World Health Day, we not only remember children around the globe who do not have access to basic health care, but we also remember children suffering from Rare diseases like Chronic Granulomatous Disease (CGD), Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), Neuroblastoma, etc, with little or no cure. Global statistics of 93 and 150 million children with disabilities under the age of 14, In Africa, an estimated 6.4% of children in this age range have moderate or severe disabilities.
In UK alone you have 14.1 million disable people in the UK and 8% of children are disabled. These Children rely on well-meaning individuals for aid and some can only hope that solution to their ailments is discovered soon.