Being healthy, and having access to the health services you need, is vital for all of us – but more than 400 million people worldwide lack access to even basic health care services, and 40 per cent of the world’s population lacks social protection (national systems that address extreme poverty and vulnerability).
The impact of this on people’s health and wellbeing is considerable. In many countries, health outcomes (for example, life expectancy) are unacceptably low, and millions face destitution from catastrophic health care costs. Sightsavers works to promote people’s health and wellbeing, to reduce inequities in health and to strengthen the systems needed to deliver effective, affordable, accessible quality health services.
We work with partners, governments, UN and multilateral agencies and others to promote good health and robust health systems.