Global Health

We’re spending more years in poor health than at any point in history. How can we change this?

Woman out walking on a road in sunlight.

We are now spending more years in poor health than at any time in our history. Image: UNSPLASH/ Emma Simpson

Douglas Broom
Senior Writer, Forum Agenda
Our Impact
The Big Picture
Explore and monitor how Global Health is affecting economies, industries and global issues
A hand holding a looking glass by a lake
Crowdsource Innovation
Get involved with our crowdsourced digital platform to deliver impact at scale
Stay up to date:

Global Health

Listen to the article

An infographic showing the proportion of our lives that are spent in poor health.
We are living longer, but still spending 50% of our lives in poor or moderate health. Image: McKinsey Health Institute

An infographic showing different dimensions of health.
Health is not just physical, but mental, social and spiritual too. Image: Mckinsey Health Institute


How is the World Economic Forum bringing data-driven healthcare to life?

An infographic showing how companies have an impact on health.
Every part of the global economy can play a part in improving human health. Image: McKinsey Health Institute
Have you read?
Don't miss any update on this topic

Create a free account and access your personalized content collection with our latest publications and analyses.

License and Republishing

World Economic Forum articles may be republished in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public License, and in accordance with our Terms of Use.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author alone and not the World Economic Forum.

Related topics:
Global HealthAgeing and Longevity
World Economic Forum logo
Global Agenda

The Agenda Weekly

A weekly update of the most important issues driving the global agenda

Subscribe today

You can unsubscribe at any time using the link in our emails. For more details, review our privacy policy.

WHO Pandemic Treaty: what is it and how will it save lives in the future?

Emma Farge

May 26, 2023

About Us



Partners & Members

  • Join Us

Language Editions

Privacy Policy & Terms of Service

© 2023 World Economic Forum