Global Perceptions of Health Problems, Priorities and Donors

Source Organization: Pew Research Center

Author: Andrew Kohut

12/13/2007 - The Kaiser Family Foundation and the Pew Global Attitudes Project today released findings from their new report from a 47 country survey that provides information about how people around the world perceive and prioritize health in their countries and gauge the efforts of donor nations.  

The following are some of the key findings from the report – A Global Look at Public Perceptions of Health Problems, Priorities, and Donors: The Kaiser/Pew Global Health Survey:

Public Health Priorities in Low and Middle Income Countries.  Preventing and treating HIV/AIDS is the top-rated health priority in the countries surveyed in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.  Fighting hunger and malnutrition is the top priority among countries surveyed in Latin America and the Middle East.  And access to health care is seen as the top priority in Central/Eastern Europe.

Almost all low and middle income countries surveyed rate each health issue quite high.  Majorities in 23 of 34 low and middle income countries say every one of the nine health issues asked about should be “one of the most important” for their government to address.

HIV/AIDS.  Among “high prevalence countries” (defined here as those with an estimated HIV prevalence of 5% or more) and “next wave countries” (considered to be at earlier, but emerging, stages of their epidemics with large populations potentially at risk for HIV infection), large majorities say that HIV is a bigger problem now than it was five years ago, but there is also a strong sense of progress in terms of HIV prevention and treatment in most countries.

Foreign Aid Resonates with Recipients.  Majorities in nearly every country surveyed say wealthier countries are not doing enough to help poorer nations with problems such as economic development, reducing poverty, and improving health.  But among countries surveyed that were major recipients of development aid, people were much more likely to say that wealthy nations are “doing enough” to help poorer nations.  Among the countries most likely to say wealthy nations are doing enough are Indonesia and sub-Saharan African nations, which have been the focus of tsunami relief and efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, respectively.  In addition, the survey shows substantial support among wealthier nations to do more to help poorer nations.

Read the complete report A Global Look at Public Perceptions of Health Problems, Priorities, and Donors on the Pew Research Center Web site.

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