The World’s Healthiest People

The World’s Healthiest People.

In a more detailed study published in the Lancet in October 2016, that assessed 33 health-related UN Sustainable Development Goal indicators in 188 countries across 25 years, where the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors Study 2015 was used as a benchmark, the health in countries were ranked, with 0 being the worst and 100 being the best, Iceland, Sweden, Singapore, Andorra, and the UK were the top five. Iceland took top spot – by one decimal place. The report singles out the country’s tobacco control measures, and its publicly funded healthcare as major factors in its number one position. In the past 15 years, there has been significant progress across the indicators overall. Universal healthcare has shown the greatest improvement, followed by family planning and hygiene. There have also been reductions in deaths among mothers and children aged under five. The bad news is that on some indicators progress has actually reversed: scores for hepatitis B, alcohol consumption and overweight children are now worse than they were in 2000. This short article is another more recent study by Bloomberg of global health index for 163 countries.

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