Poverty & Development

Approximately 1.2 billion people in the world live in extreme poverty (on less than one dollar per day). Poverty creates ill health because it forces people to live in environments that make them sick—without adequate shelter, clean water, or sanitation. Furthermore, people in poor countries have less access to health services, especially those living in remote rural areas. The CGHD recognizes that to improve the health of populations and promote social development, one of the root causes of ill health—poverty—must be addressed.