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Child Health

Child health is high on the international development agenda. The international community has recently reaffirmed its commitment to improve child health outcomes by setting the Millennium Development Goal of reducing child mortality by two-thirds by 2015. Child health is an important part of the corporate agenda of the World Bank. We strive to improve the health of all children through our work in the Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) sector and other sectors that affect the health of children.


The World Bank--in partnership with others-- is working to roll back the spread of this global epidemic. As the largest long-term investor in prevention and mitigation of HIV/AIDS in developing countries, the World Bank Group is working with its partners to...learn more.


Malaria is one of the world's most important public health concerns, causing over a million deaths and up to 500 million clinical cases each year. Most of the 3,000 deaths each day - 10 new cases every second - are in Africa and more than a third of the world's total population now lives in malaria endemic areas.

Tuberculosis Control

The World Bank is committed to responding to the global tuberculosis (TB) epidemic and does so through policy dialogue and advice, country-specific lending for health system strengthening and disease control, analytic work, and involvement in global partnerships, including the Stop TB Partnership.

Economics of Tobacco Control

500 million people alive today -- many of them still children -- will eventually die of tobacco-related diseases, if present trends persist. Modest action by governments could prevent millions and millions of deaths, without harming economies.

Mental Health

Mental health is one of the cross-cutting issues introduced in the World Bank in recent years. That mental health is mutually dependent on physical health is an established fact, but it is important to consider the implications mental health have on a lot of other areas in development: employment, poverty alleviation efforts, social protection, community-based development, education and the list could go on.

Road Safety

This website covers institutional responsibility of road safety, the development of a road safety action plan, raising awareness and understanding of road safety problems, road crash data systems, road safety education and training, traffic safety legislation, enforcement of traffic laws, and monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of road safety activities.

School Health

Improved Learning through better Health, Nutrition and Education for the School-Aged Child