Infrastructure and Civil Society

Throughout the Commonwealth of Nations there are millions of our citizens who haven’t got the opportunity to benefit from quality education and healthcare services. Young Citizens living in rural areas of countries within Africa and the Pacific Islands in particular are missing out on these integral aspects of live.

TSC believes that the youth of the Commonwealth are our most valuable resource and deserve to be allowed to achieve their full potential. By ensuring they have access to quality healthcare and educational opportunities, we aren’t just greatly improving their lives, we are starting a process that’ll improve the lives of their family members and communities.

Healthy, educated youth can then take a leadership role in their communities, start small business, play their part in their demographic processes and help lead their countries to greater prosperity.

Healthcare

Life expectancy in Commonwealth countries ranges from 82 in Australia and Singapore, down to only 42 in Sierra Leone (as of study in 2013).

In 2014, 11 countries were reported to have 100% access to clean water, while 16 countries fell below 90%. In 22 Commonwealth countries, less than 90% of the population have access to adequate sanitation facilities and in at least 16 countries, this figure is less than 50%.

Non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and cardiovascular diseases impact all regions of the Commonwealth. Diabetes alone affects 65 million Commonwealth citizens. The worst affected member state is Nauru, with 31% of the adult population affected by the disease. The impact of cancerous diseases in the Commonwealth is proportionately less than for the rest of the world. The Commonwealth has around 30% of the world’s population but accounts for just 19% of worldwide cancer deaths. Detection mechanisms for cancers are much more advanced in the developed part of the Commonwealth, with developing countries carrying the greater burden of cancer-related mortality.
The country with the largest public spending on health, according to the World Bank, is Tuvalu at 20% of GDP, while Bangladesh, India, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are the Commonwealth countries with the lowest, all at 1% (2013).

In some African Commonwealth countries the cost of health insurance for youth is just £3 (approximately) per year.

Education

In many rural communities within the Commonwealth countries in Africa and the Pacific islands, young people (men and woman) don’t have access to quality education. There is a lack of schools and educational professionals in many communities, and where there are schools they are lacking educational supplies.

Educational opportunities are provided by their individuals countries, international charities and NGO’s and increasingly via partnerships between governments and charities working together for the benefit of the youth of the Commonwealth.

TSC is actively working with charities operating in Africa (and other regions) to build and run schools in rural areas.

Over the coming months TSC will be announcing relationships with charities and organisations based within major Commonwealth countries and the United States of America, working to make a life changing difference to youth, families and communities within key Commonwealth countries where access to quality education and healthcare are harder to find.

Links to useful resources will be added to our website as relationships are developed.

For more information on our commitment to infrastructure and civil society, please send your enquiries to: ics@tsccommonwealth.org