Disease brings a great risk of poverty worldwide, while the poor in the developing countries are at greater risk of disease and poverty. But, there are various ways to break this vicious circle and promote the health of all people. The core themes of our program work are the fight against neglected tropical and poverty related diseases, the implementation of the sustainable development goals for public health and economic progress, the fight against malnutrition, increasing access to safe drinking water, and the strengthening of environmental protection and the global public health architecture.

Population International is a remote and fully distributed international development organization working with governments, local partners and community structures in the developing countries to provide integrated public health information and services with blended campaigns and awareness on the social, economic and environmental sustainability. Working directly with local community and their structures, the organization increases access to priority sexual and reproductive health and rights information and services, especially family planning contraceptives, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, and integrated primary health care; delivers safe drinking water and sanitation services to the rural and urban poor communities; provides life-saving bundled public health information and services to refugees and their host communities, and carry out high profile global and local campaigns and awareness on social, economic and environmental issues that impede sustainable development goals.

Preventing Disease and Suffering

Every day some 16,000 children under five years of age die, most of whom could survive if they had access to adequate health care:

  • 690 million people are undernourished, and 38 million children under 5 years old are overweight. The COVID-19 pandemic may add between 83 and 132 million people to the total number of undernourished in the world in 2020.
  • 2 billion people experience some level of food insecurity, and over 3 billion people cannot afford a healthy diet every day.

 Millions of people suffer from preventable or treatable diseases. Although health is enshrined as a human right, those who live in poverty are often denied this right. They suffer from malnutrition, poor living conditions and dangerous working conditions. All these circumstances make them sick. 

Combating Poverty-related Diseases

The poor are demonstrably more prone to suffering illness, and thus fall to even deeper poverty and injustice. In addition, every year around 100 million people become impoverished as a result of illness: due to high treatment costs, significant loss of income or the inability to work in decently rewarding jobs.

Global social welfare systems and practices are lacking or poorly-developed, with around 80 percent of the world’s population living without protection against the basic risks of life such as illness insurance or unemployment assistance.

One promising way to break this vicious circle of poverty and disease is to introduce affordable and accessible health care for all. Furthermore, poverty must be combated to its full extent so that more people can live and remain healthy and thrive. 

We can change that!

Population International is committed to enabling discrimination-free access to public health information and services and providing priority support in particular community-based health work following the core “Primary Health Care” principles. This empowers our local communities to treat and prevent diseases under their own responsibility and to promote public health in general, for example through our decentralised primary health care clinics, healthy nutrition and safe drinking water products and services. A significant goal of work in our program is providing affordable and accessible primary health care, so that nobody is excluded for financial reasons and we can finally break the vicious circle of poverty and disease.