Despite significant progress in recent decades, global health issues—such as infectious diseases and lack of access to health care systems—still inflict immense suffering around the globe. This is especially true in the poorest parts of the world. If organizations in the public, private, and social sectors collaborate in new ways, they can make a bigger-than-ever impact on these challenges.
Epidemics and other global health threats affect individuals, families, and societies, and inflict costs that weaken the entire world economy. The numbers are staggering:
The CDC cites $12 billion is spent annually in direct costs related to malaria, with much more lost in economic growth.
In 2016 alone, 216 million people were infected with malaria, and 450,000 died. More than two-thirds of all malaria deaths are in children younger than five years old.
Johns Hopkins University reports more than 2.5 million COVID-19-related deaths around the world as of February 2021.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation predicts up to a 3-percentage-point increase in the number of children younger than 5 who will suffer from stunting by 2030 as a result of COVID-19.
The African continent has as much as 54% of the world’s communicable diseases—but only 2% of the world’s doctors.
Some 61% of the world’s citizens—4.5 billion people—lack access to safely managed sanitation, such as toilets.
As organizations in every sector rally to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, three new approaches can help them surmount these and other global health challenges:
These and other innovations could help make health care systems in lower income countries more efficient, effective, and adaptive by enabling them to leapfrog over long development timelines. By making these critical changes, emerging economies can thereby accomplish much more with much less.
Combating global health challenges will never be easy. But by forging new partnerships that leverage their diverse and complementary capabilities and embracing new technologies, organizations can come together to ease the widespread suffering caused by these health problems.
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BCG's consultants and industry experts focusing on global health continue to partner with leading social organizations, corporations, nonprofits, and philanthropic bodies to arrive at solutions for epidemics and health care access. These are some of our experts on this topic.
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