Although great progress has been made towards better health, for the poor in both North and South there is less to celebrate. A fifth of the world's population lives in absolute poverty, and as a result around 10 million children and 15 million adults die from preventable causes each year.
Diseases like tuberculosis (TB) are re-emerging as serious threats. New diseases are throwing up new challenges. Changing lifestyles and longer life expectancy mean that diseases of affluence and old age are becoming more common in poorer countries.
This report looks at how a new generation of health issues – not least the AIDS pandemic – have highlighted the links between poor health and inequality, examining the role of information and debate in determining both policy and the management of resources.