THE RICHEST.com website have ranked the world’s 10 unhealthiest countries according to the Social Progress Imperative (SPI) 2013 health and wellness measures. Surprisingly, all of the ten countries are from Africa with Ethiopia being listed on the top as #1 with a total scorecard of 23.03 and Rwanda #10 with 35.65.
For contrast, the healthiest countries score nearly 70 on the index.
#1. ETHIOPIA: 23.03
It’s the number one pity case for international poverty and suffering. It’s where every other socially-conscious college graduate considers spending a summer. Unfortunately it’s also a pitiful reputation that’s mostly warranted, with a single medical doctor per 100,000 people across the country. For a sense of reference, the healthiest country in the SPI index (the U.K.) has a score of 68.1.
Ethiopia’s fraction of that comes from an average lifespan of 48, and chronic disease spreading in poor areas augmented by pervasive superstitions around causes and cures for illness.
That you contract gonorrhea from touching a stone covered in female dog urine is a common belief in some rural communities. In others, eating a black goat’s reproductive organs will cure the same part of your own body. To most of the world, these beliefs extend beyond the absurd and ridiculous. But perhaps the greater absurdity is a country caught between antiquated lifestyles and challenges of the modern age; hundreds of millions forced to fight off new world diseases without new world cures or access to education.
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