Developing country leadership and donor cooperation are essential if health is to improve
In a recent article written by Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, the growing gap between health indicators of developing countries and developed countries were brought to the forefront. In sub-Saharan Africa, Chan says, women are four hundred times more likely to die during pregnancy and childbirth than they are in Japan.
“This is the starkest statistic in public health: the difference in mortality rates between rich and poor countries,” Chan writes.
Chan’s article that appeared in Global Health Magazine is not meant to paint a hopeless picture of health in developing countries, but instead emphasizes that these types of inequities, which are greater today than in the past, can be overcome.