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Good health is something people often take for granted, as is good healthcare. However, it is something that many of the world’s poorest people can only dream about. It is a fundamental human right.

For almost 40 years, Concern Worldwide has been helping people attain this right to adequate healthcare.

Fighting hunger

With an estimated 1.3 billion people living in extreme poverty, we recognise that poverty, inequality, and marginalisation are the root causes and consequences of poor health. Fighting hunger and malnutrition is central to our work. We target the basic, underlying conditions that cause malnutrition and try to improve access to healthcare and clean water.

Concern is committed to finding new, innovative ways to fight hunger. Find out more by watching the video below:

Preventable deaths

More than 26,000 children under the age of five die every day from treatable illnesses like malnutrition and malaria. Equally alarming are threats to maternal health: pregnancy and childbirth are the greatest causes of premature death among poor women in developing countries. Almost 500,000 women die from these causes every year. 

Preventing deaths

In the past year, our maternal and child health programmes directly benefited over 1.2 million women of child-bearing age and children under five. In 2009, Concern received a five-year, $41 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop and implement new ideas that can significantly increase maternal, newborn and child health in developing countries. Find out more.

Reaching out

In 2009, Concern’s health programme spanned 22 countries, reaching 2.1 million people in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. But our efforts won’t stop there. 

Future plans

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

  • Affirming the right to health and adequate food supply for all
  • Developing primary healthcare programmes and public health principles
  • Focusing on preventative measures and mitigation of disease epidemics
  • Promoting equity and empowerment for better health

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