Rx for Child Survival

Section 1: Why Global Health Matters

Point 4: By increasing productivity, improved health can reduce the need for foreign aid and contribute to international prosperity.

As global health improves, so does international commerce and the expansion of trade.

When trade opens up between developing and developed countries, wealth can expand in both directions and enrich all participants.

Worldwide, wealth has grown significantly over the last quarter century, spurred by trade among the world's developed and developing nations, especially those in Asia.

Between 1989 and 2004, the value of imports from Asia to the United States nearly tripled, from just under $190 billion to nearly $530 billion. Conversely, U.S. exports to Asia more than doubled during the same period — from less than $102 billion to nearly $210 billion.