Healthcare progress is very welcome
GLOBALLY, there is healthcare for the rich and healthcare for the poor. When it comes to healthcare, death is not necessarily a leveller for the haves and have-nots.
The rich live longer and those not able to access good healthcare die younger, as virtually all longevity studies show.
Part of the problem has been how medical science and research have been skewed, catering for those who can afford pricey medicines and procedures motivated by profit.
In this regard, there was a welcome report in this newspaper yesterday that the World Health Organisation (WHO) is making rapid progress in the battle against tropical diseases such as sleeping sickness and malaria, which largely afflict poorer societies in the Third World.
The success against these age-old diseases is being attributed to greater political support, generous donations of medicines and improved living conditions.
The WHO says 1 billion people received treatment for tropical diseases in 2015. But much more needs to be done. Further progress depends on the achievement of sustainable development goals adopted by the UN, especially in sanitation and the provision of potable water.