The world’s healthiest and unhealthiest nations revealed
The world’s healthiest and unhealthiest nations revealed in a global league table by the Legatum Institute.
The report, published today, judged countries on their healthcare systems, level of disease, obesity rates and other measures.
The annual prosperity index breaks down the best and worst places to live around the world for nine categories in total. One category is health.
Singapore topped the charts of 149 countries followed by Luxembourg.
Nigeria ranks 143 with the bottom ten consist solely of African nations.
Japan featured in the top ten healthiest countries, as did Qatar, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Switzerland, Austria, Sweden and Norway all also featured in the top ten.
The quality of life of people globally is rising but the gaps between the best and worst is wider than ever, experts warn, showing huge inequalities in health, finance, politics, education and safety and security.
The Central African Republic fared worst, with Chad, Guinea, Madagascar, Benin, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Niger and Uganda in tow.
‘Having risen strongly at the beginning of the last decade, world health is now beginning to flat-line,’ said the report.
‘The long-term trends of rising life expectancy and increased access to basic sanitation continue, particularly noticeable in the Asia-Pacific region.
‘But these effects have been offset by more people reporting health problems and higher reported incidences of sadness and worry.’
The ranking was produced by measuring life and death-related factors like life expectancy, perceptions of health problems, vaccination rates, tuberculosis, obesity and diabetes.
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And it also took into account feelings of joy, sadness, and worry, people’s satisfaction with their country’s healthcare, and the quality of sanitation facilities.
Big movers include Zimbabwe, which had the biggest increase in life expectancy, with it rising 15 years in the last decade.
And nine out of 10 of the world’s most obese nations are all in the Middle East and North Africa.
Baroness Philippa Stroud, CEO of the Legatum Institute said: ‘The very good news is that we see prosperity continuing to rise in the world, both over the last year and consistently over the last 11 years.
‘The news is not all good, however.
‘The gap between the highest and lowest prosperity scores is the largest since we began measuring it in 2007, having grown steadily since 2013, when the highest and lowest scores were the closest together.’
|Health rank 2018||Country||Health rank 2018||Country|
|10||United Arab Emirates||85||Tunisia|
|63||Trinidad and Tobago||138||Ethiopia|
|69||Azerbaijan||144||Democratic Republic of Congo|
|74||Tajikistan||149||Central African Republic|
|75||Belarus||Source: Legatum Institute|