People in developing countries suffer more from health problems and die younger, especially in rural areas. Rates of child and maternal mortality, disease and illness are higher in developing nations and people’s access to health services is limited. People’s livelihood depends on their ability to do physical labour and, if they are sick, their entire family can suffer grave consequences. So when a family’s health improves, their lives are positively affected in many ways. Children can study better and have more success in school. Parents can work better and be more economically successful.
Hands Across the Nations recognizes the strong link between health and poverty. By building medical and dental facilities and implementing free clinics and checkups, HATN has helped improve the lives of people living in poor communities in Bolivia and Mali. In combination with water and educational programs, HATN works to improve the healthcare situation and guarantee a better future for the communities it assists.