Survey Looks At Global Perceptions Of Health Problems
People living insub-Saharan
Prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS are the top health priority in sub-SaharanAfrican and Asian countries surveyed. Large majorities of people in countrieswith high HIV prevalence -- defined as having an estimated HIV prevalence of 5%or higher -- and "next wave countries" -- which have largepopulations at risk for HIV -- said HIV is a bigger problem now than it wasfive years ago but also said there has been progress in most countries toprevent and treat HIV.
The survey found that addressing hunger and malnutrition are the top prioritiesin Latin America and the
Overall, the survey found that "global health is a local phenomenon."Despite the variation, "concern about health as a personal and familyissue is high in most countries and across all regions," the survey said.It added, "Despite all the differences in views and experiences acrosscountries, this survey underscores how powerfully health is experienced inpeople's lives and how many see a role for their governments and others to domore."
In 23 of the countries surveyed, at least 40% of people said they had notreceived health care because they could not afford it, according to the survey.Although this is a decline compared with findings from a similar 2002 survey,the "gaps between rich and poor nations in reports of hunger and lack ofhealth care remain enormous," the survey said (AP/Google.com, 12/13).
Majorities in almost every country surveyed said that wealthier countries arenot doing enough to aid lower-income countries in efforts to fight diseases,reduce poverty or fuel economic development. In countries that receive largeamounts of development aid, people were more likely to say that wealthy nationsare "doing enough" to help lower-income countries. People living insub-Saharan African and
All of the samples represented in the survey were national except for
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