by World Wise Schools

Introduction

Maintaining good health and preventing disease are important factors for a person’s quality of life. In developing and developed countries alike, health concerns pose serious economic and social challenges.

Preventable communicable, or infectious, diseases like malaria and HIV/AIDS account for millions of deaths in the world each year, especially in low-income countries. Noncommunicable, or chronic, diseases like heart disease and diabetes are having an increasing effect across the globe.

Disease prevention depends on many factors like access to medical care and supplies, infrastructure, and quality health education. Ensuring equitable access to health care resources like these is a shared global responsibility.