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Concern Worldwide recognises that poverty, inequality and marginalisation are both the root causes and consequences of poor health. Today, there are an estimated 1.3 billion people living in extreme poverty, most of whom regularly experience health problems.

Health as a human right

We believe that good health and access to healthcare are fundamental human rights. The overall goal of our health programme is to improve the health of the world’s poorest people and ensure that they have access to food.

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Our work is guided by a health policy. For the most part, we work on improving health through primary healthcare in emergency, rehabilitation and development situations specifically focusing on the following three areas:

  • Maternal, neonatal and child health
  • Nutrition
  • Water and sanitation

Our aims

The main aim of our health programme is to reduce mortality and morbidity rates. We’re committed to achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals. We plan to do this by supporting the development of sustainable healthcare systems in the areas where we work. With the exception of emergencies, we do not directly deliver health services. Instead, we support the capacity of ministries of health and other partners to do so. 


In 2012, Concern’s health programme spanned 20 countries, reaching across Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. We reached over two million people.

Future plans

Concern is working to fulfil the Millennium Development Goals and the World Health Organisation’s global targets by 2020 by:

  • Affirming the right to health and adequate food for all
  • Developing primary healthcare programmes
  • Focusing on preventative measures
  • Promoting equity and empowerment for better health


Working on a global level, Concern has established partnerships with Valid International, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), UNICEF, Trinity College Dublin, CORE Group, and the Clinton Global Initiative.

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