Health Policy

Your Money or Your Life

According to a research report published by a group of 62 NGOs and health unions, millions of poor people are paying with their lives due to the failure of state governments to provide free public healthcare in poor countries. The report, ‘Your Money or Your Life,’ says that half a million pregnant women die each year because they do not have access to healthcare and people are facing abuses such as being imprisoned in clinics, because they cannot pay doctors fees.

There is a hope that millions of poor people would be offered a lifeline next week, when governments have the chance to expand free healthcare in developing countries. World leaders will meet at the United Nations General Assembly for a high-level event on health on the 23rd September where they are expected to extend free health services for at least seven countries: Burundi, Ghana, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal and Sierra Leone.

But leading NGOs including Action Aid, Merlin, M


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