Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development. Significant strides have been made in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the common killers associated with child and maternal mortality.
Many more efforts are needed to fully eradicate a wide range of diseases and address many different persistent and emerging health issues
Below you will find 10 thought provoking images on some of the major health issues that are still prevalent today.
1. Smoking is bad for you
Tobacco kills around 6 million people each year. More than 5 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while more than 600 000 are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. (Source:WHO.org)
2. The Clinic
A mother holds her child in mobile clinic in Mpumalanga, South Africa. It is run by staff from the Africa school of Missions once a week and provides free primary healthcare to labourers from the surrounding farms.
A Nepalese girl, blind in one eye, washes her teeth with ash from the family hearth.
In Nepal 80% of blindness is avoidable. 65% of all who are blind, suffer from cataracts that can now be removed with a brief surgical procedure.
4. Oh you make you happy
This beautiful shot was taken at an orphanage in Ethiopia for children who are HIV positive.
At the end of 2013, there were an estimated 35 million people living with HIV globally. (Source UN.org)
5. Plans to bring vaccines to developing world finally paying off
By Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA
Millions of people remain at risk of some of the world’s most threatening diseases, including malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. Effective vaccines against these conditions would be in extraordinary demand in the developing world. But most vaccines offered today were originally developed by global pharmaceutical companies for markets in the West, which still control the direction of most vaccine development.
6. Young mother and son
A young mother and her son on the Pamir highway, between Osh and Sary Tash, Kyrgyzstan.
The proportion of mothers that do not survive childbirth compared to those that do in developing regions is still 14 times higher than in developed regions.
7. About faces and myths
This is a shot of an AIDS clinic in Northern Uganda.
At the end of 2013, 240,000 children were newly infected with HIV across the globe.
8. Looking for water in Mali
A beautiful shot of a child at a watering hole near the small town of Djenne, Mali.
Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease around the world. (Source: Water.org)
9. Be Mine Valentine
This image depicts a couple on Valentines Day trying to warm themselves by the subway in Russia. The man and woman both battle alcohol addiction on a daily basis.
The World Health Organisation estimates that just 40% of school age Russians will live to the pension age of 55-60, if something isn’t done about the problem.
10. The Heavyweight Family
A family check out and sample the tastings at a Xood stall in Wells, England.
Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980. 39% of adults aged 18 years and over were overweight in 2014, and 13% were obese.