Looking at ‘global health inequity’ both within and between countries, the report identifies socioeconomic rather than biological factors as the key determinant of health.
‘The toxic combination of bad policies, economics, and politics is, in large measure, responsible for the fact that a majority of people in the world do not enjoy the good health that is biologically possible,’ the report says.
Figures show that average life expectancy in the UK currently stands at 79 years; coming below Japan’s 83 years but significantly higher than countries such as Lesotho at only 42 years and Mozambique at 50.
Within the UK, there were also some dramatic findings, the report showing that a boy born in the suburb of Caltonin Glasgow will live, on average, 28 years less than a boy born just a few miles away in Lenzie.
The Department of Health says they are taking the report very seriously, and will be hosting a conference in November with many global heads of state to discuss the implementation of the reports recommendations.