Finland Number 5 In The World For Health Equality For Children
Yet again, another good ranking for Finland which has recently been ranked 5th in the world for children health equality by the World Vision’s Global Health Gap Index. The aim of the organisation is to identify the level of healthcare access throughout the world. The findings of this year’s report were meant to analyse causes for infant death so that solutions for the long-term could be implemented.
The index is worked out by assessing countries according to the size of the gap between people who get access to healthcare and those who don’t. Factors taken in consideration are life expectancy, cost for each individual for personal healthcare, the fertility rate among adolescents and the general coverage of healthcare.
Andrew Hassett, the international campaign director of World Vision commented that a great deal of progress has been done over the past twenty years with numbers of worldwide children dying before they reach 5 years old fallen considerably. However, he did express concern that the number is still too high: 19,000 every day despite modern development in this industry.
Top ranking countries for world health equality for children in 2013 are:
9. Cuba and
Countries where the biggest gaps between people with healthcare access and people without it were recorded in: Chad, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Mali, Equatorial Guinea, Niger, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Cameroon and Cote d’Ivoire.
It is also notable that 7 of the above mentioned countries are also some of the poorest countries in the world. However, the Index did find that wealth isn’t a guarantee for access to healthcare. For example, the USA and Equatorial Guines which are both among the wealthiest countries in the world ranked on position 46 of 176 and 171 respectively.
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