Whether it is a community without potable water, a child needing vaccination, a victim of abuse, or someone struggling with mental illness or an addiction, United Ways are working to ensure everyone has access to affordable and quality care.
From 2005-2009, world health expenditures remained flat as a percentage of world GDP; however, world population increased by almost 100 million people.1 Given this disparity, ensuring access to healthy environments and quality care is the responsibility of the entire community. United Way works with volunteers, governments and other NGOs to create opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the individual needs of communities around the world.
Achieving this goal requires us all to become more aware of health risks and the potential effects they have on ourselves and others, starting from before birth. Working to change policies and practices will enable more people to live healthier lives.
1 The World Bank, http://data.worldbank.org/topic/health