Safe drinking water, access to doctors, affordable medicine, clean toilets – it’s a no brainer. Yet still millions of people around the world do not have access to these basic needs.
Illness prevents people from working, they don’t have enough money to pay for health fees and medicines - so not only are they trapped in the poverty cycle, it also damages the local economy.
But in many areas there are simply not enough hospitals, clinics and staff. One solution is to have an army of healthcare workers on the ground – simple but very effective.
2.4bn people do not have adequate sanitation facilities, resulting in almost a million deaths every year from easily preventable diseases, including almost 1,000 child deaths every single day.
Poor living conditions, being hungry and malnourished will weaken an immune system and make people more vulnerable to conditions such as diarrhoea and pneumonia. We stopped this happening in rich countries – and we can do it for poor countries too.
The Robin Hood Tax could raise billions very year to help provide essential healthcare, clean water and food in the world's poorest countries.