Monday, October 31, 2016
Brunei - Brunei placed 21st in UN global survey of healthy places
BRUNEI Darussalam is the 21st healthiest place to live in the world, according to new statistics released by the United Nations (UN) this week.
The Sultanate scored 78 out of 100, in an evaluation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), sharing the same spot with Italy and Portugal.
Brunei is also the third best in the Asia-Pacific region, after Singapore and Australia.
The Sultanate scored its highest marks in the area of political stability, ability to tackle malaria, provision of clean water and sanitation, as well as air pollution.
Its low ranking was mainly due to deaths caused by measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), hepatitis B, tuberculosis, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and road injuries.
Iceland is considered the healthiest country in the world, scoring 85 out of 100 in an evaluation of the UN’s SDGs, followed by Singapore and Sweden with the same scores.
The new figures, published in The Lancet, were based on an evaluation of the UN’s health-related SDGs. Meanwhile, data from the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors project between 1990 and 2015 have been utilised to rank nations.
Researchers created the socio-demographic index as a measure of development, in order to differentiate between the progress being made on the SDG Index and those in the stages of improvement.
A country’s performance is based on several factors including diseases, suicide rates, road injuries, smoking, water quality and war.