The San people, Namibia


Namibia has one of the highest rates of wealth inequality in the world; the poorest 10% of the country’s population have just 1% of the wealth, while the top 10% control more than half, which means almost half the population do not have enough money to stay healthy.

  • The average life expectancy is just 62, though it is much lower amongst marginalised communities.
  • 18% of children under five are malnourished.

For communities living in rural areas of Namibia, poverty and health are even worse than for the mainstream population. The indigenous San people and their neighbours do not usually live to see 50.

Health Poverty Action is working with the San people and their neighbours to comprehensively improve their health.

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