Failures in health systems most severely affect the poor, who are driven deeper into poverty by a lack of financial protection against ill health.


"Poverty is a major cause of ill health and a barrier to accessing health care when needed. This relationship is financial: the poor cannot afford to purchase those things that are needed for good health, including sufficient quantities of quality food and health care. Poor people also face other challenges to good health, such as a lack of information on healthy practices or lack of voice to make services work for them."
- World Bank

"The poor are treated with less respect, given less choice of service providers and offered lower- quality amenities...This leads to large numbers of preventable deaths and disabilities; unnecessary suffering, injustice, inequality and denial of an individual's basic rights to health."
- WHO Director-General Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland


Population Services International focuses on reproductive health, family planning, HIV, malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia and sanitation. 

Development Media International targets the areas of maternal and child health, family planning, early child development and tuberculosis. 

Possible Health focuses on rates of surgical complications, chronic disease control, institutional births and postpartum contraceptive prevalence. 

Fistula Foundation focuses on treating obstetric fistula with cost-effective, restorative surgery. 

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