PNG low on list of healthy nations

ICELAND tops a new ranking of the world’s healthiest countries, in a vast new study published in medical journal The Lancet. The study assesses 33 health-related sustainable development goal indicators in 188 countries across 25 years.
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Staff Reporter

Papua New Guinea comes in at 155 on the list, a figure which is arrived at by considering a whole host of factors linked to sustainable development goals (SDG).

Using the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors Study 2015, the research examines health in countries around the world to create a global ranking. The indicators are ranked from 0-100, with 0 being the worst, and 100 the best.

Central African Republic performs the worst on the rankings, coming in at 188.

Levels of the health-related SDG index were highly clustered with countries in the highest quintile mainly in western Europe, high-income North America, parts of Asia (Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and Brunei), and Australasia.

The second highest quintile included countries in southern Latin America, parts of eastern Europe, most of the Caribbean, and a subset of countries across other regions (Mexico, Jordan, Azerbaijan, Malaysia, and Costa Rica), whereas countries in the middle quintile were mainly South America, parts of east, central, and southeast Asia, and parts of North Africa and the Middle East.

The countries in the fourth quintile were mainly found in south and southeast Asia, southern sub-Saharan Africa, parts of North Africa and the Middle East, and parts of eastern Europe. Countries in western, eastern, and central sub-Saharan Africa, as well as a subset of other countries (Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea, Yemen, and Nepal), dominated the lowest quintile of the health-related SDG index.

 

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