When you look at this picture, what do you see?

We live in a world filled with a variety of peoples, cultures, races, religions, and histories.  Among the masses of  6.8 billion people in the world, we have suffering individuals.  So much potential in the earth for resources and growth and we still see great disparities in health and health distribution.  

At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day.

2.2 million children die each year because they are not immunized.

Some 1.1 billion people in developing countries have inadequate access to water, and 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation.

27-28 % of all children in developing countries are estimated to be underweight or stunted.

Every year there are 350–500 million cases of malaria, with 1 million fatalities

Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.

40 million people are living with HIV/AIDS, with 3 million deaths in 2004.

72 million children of primary school age in the developing world were not in school in 2005; 57 % of them were girls.

and on and on…(Statistics from Global Issues Poverty Facts and Stats)

As described in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) current World Health Report, a main reason for these health disparities is from the results of globalization.   The following shows how this occurs:

→world’s development and expanding technologies results in

→globalization, results in

→increased stress on country’s social cohesion, results in

→many parts of society not being able to keep up with the stress of change and therefore not perform as well as they could, or as they should, results in

→community health services NOT delivering levels of national coverage that meet expected demands and changing needs. 

Health systems must be strengthened to respond better and faster to the challenges of a changing world, for the world wont stop changing.  This blog hopes to cover some of the issues and ideas surrounding how to build and strengthen the health systems of the world to better address the health needs of not just the world, but the individual.



  1. Dear Editor,

    I really like the pictures.

    A loyal fan

  2. That is a really cool picture, I agree. It’s amazing how such a small thing, such as immunizations or mosquito nets, can save so many lives in a country. If people were made aware of certain programs, like the program to help children in poor countries get computers, then I think people would do it. I think it needs to be advertised to reach more people.

  3. Thank you for offering us the big picture. There needs to be a more effective way!

  4. I am really impressed by the depth and qaulity of your blog. It is very well written and presented. Good luck with all of your future writing.

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