Welcome to Health Challenges Affecting Billions Blog

This site will highlight the challenges faced by over 1 billion people and how these challenges relate to poverty, healthcare and livelihoods.

More than 1 billion people  live in extreme poverty and hardship in various regions of the world. These billions struggle to access safe drinking water, food, primary healthcare and sustain their livelihoods.

This blog will feature;

  1. Case analysis from various regions of the world,
  2. The various challenges faced by populations in resource poor countries,
  3. How these challenges affect the health and livelihood of these populations,
  4. What is being done to tackle these challenges


  1. Mphande-Fig1.1-Poverty Health Livelihoods
Source: Mphande 2016, Infectious Diseases and Rural Livelihood in Developing Countries

Published by People, Pandemics and Epidemics (PPE)

Billions around the world are affected by diseases in one way or the other, be it directly or indirectly. Both communicable and non- communicable diseases affect communities worldwide. Communicable (infectious) diseases have been associated with the environment, socioeconomic status, geographical location and access to healthcare. With various disease outbreaks affecting many parts of the world and millions of people being affected, the year 2020 has ushered in another level of an outbreak, the COVID-19 Pandemic. The disease started as an outbreak in one part of a country, soon spread to other countries and continents becoming a pandemic. People, Pandemics and Epidemics will discuss the various infectious disease outbreaks, the solutions to fighting these outbreaks, and what has been achieved so far.

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