A POSTnote which reviews trends in global health inequalities in the context of the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals.Jump to full report >>
Health inequalities are differences in health status between different population groups such as age or socio-economic status. Differences in the social, economic and environmental determinants of health, along with inequalities in accessing high quality healthcare, affect a significant proportion of the world population. The World Health Organisation estimates that 400 million people still do not have access to one of seven ‘essential health services’, such as drugs and vaccines. There are large health inequalities both between and within countries. In 2015, average life expectancy in the UK was 81.2 years, compared with Japan (the highest at 83.7 years) and Sierra Leone (the lowest at 50.1 years).
Key summary points covered in detail in this briefing include:
Authors: Peter Border; Stephen Barrie