Healthcare for underserved global emerging markets
6 billion people, or approximately 80% of the world's population live in emerging markets
The World Health Organisation (WHO) measures access to healthcare in terms of the number of doctors per 10,000 of population. Over 40% of WHO Member States report to have less than 10 medical doctors per 10,000 population. In many emerging markets the average number is less than 3.
Many people in emerging markets are at high risk of illness or injury, with no immediate access to healthcare or insurance. Often, they need to travel considerable distances and endure lengthy waiting times to see a doctor. At least half of the world's population cannot obtain essential health services, according to a new report from the World Bank and WHO.