Hope for Children - Healthcare

Projects: Health

Health is defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as “the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals”.

It covers not only the prevention and treatment of diseases, but also the social and psychological wellbeing of individuals within the community.
It almost goes without saying that the good health of both the individual and the community as a whole are vital to the development of society. Public health is an area that so many have tried to address, but there is much more work to be done. Indeed, a WHO report indicates that in 2010, in spite of the scale of health problems faced around the World, only 10.4% of global gross domestic product was spent on health. In terms of the countries we work in, Sri Lanka’s expenditure on health as a percentage of gross domestic product is as low as 2.9%, which dictates much of the focus of our work there. Other countries we work in, such as Ghana and India, face similar problems.