Collaborating across campus and around the world to improve global health
Health inequalities in low-income countries are driven by a variety of complex factors such as economics, climate, politics, and social disparities. The University of Michigan is home to some of the world's leading experts in these and other areas, many of whom are already engaged in global health efforts within their respective field. A transformational gift to U-M is providing opportunities to bring these experts together in new ways to develop sustainable, multi-disciplinary partnerships that ultimately improve lives around the world.Learn More About the Center
Force multipliers for good
Tadataka Yamada, M.D. and Leslie D. Yamada have devoted their personal and professional lives to supporting paradigm-shifting ideas and fostering positive change. They envision a similar role for the center they are creating at U-M, empowering faculty, staff and students with new resources to make a greater positive impact on the health of those with the greatest need, anywhere in the world.Learn More About the Yamadas
Global Health Equity by the Numbers
The lower an individual’s socio-economic position, the higher his or her risk of poor health. Statistics from the World Health Organization bring the gap between the world’s ‘health haves and have nots’ into sharp focus:
of premature deaths attributable to noncommunicable diseases each year occur in low- and middle-income countries.
of every 1,000 children born in Africa die before their fifth birthday, compared to just 14 of every 1,000 children in the Americas and fewer than 9 in 1,000 across Europe
of maternal deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. Of the 295,000 women who died in or after childbirth in 2017, sub-Saharan Africa alone accounted for 196,000.
There is a single medical doctor for every 3,324 people in Africa, compared to 1 doctor for every 417 people in the Americas and every 293 people in Europe.