Ensuring healthy lives for all requires a strong commitment, but the benefits outweigh the cost. Healthy people are the foundation for healthy economies.
For example, if we spent $1 billion in expanding immunization coverage against influenza, pneumonia and other preventable diseases, we could save 1 million children's lives each year. In the past
decade, improvements in
led to a 24 per cent increase in income growth in some of the poorest countries.
The cost of inaction is greater-millions of children will continue to die from preventable diseases, women will die in pregnancy and childbirth, and
costs will continue to plunge millions
of people into poverty. Noncommunicable diseases alone will cost low- and middle-income countries more than $7 trillion in the next 15 years.