APGA Chairman, Ezeokenwa writes on “The Transformative Impact of Globalization and Democracy on Life Expectancy

APGA Chairman, Barrister Sly Ezeokenwa writes on “The Transformative Impact of Globalization and Democracy on Life Expectancy in Low-Income Countries” –
Nduka Anyanwu

Introduction:
The world has undergone significant transformations in recent decades, with globalization and democracy reshaping the landscape of nations and the lives of their
citizens. This article delves into the profound impact of economic, social, and political globalization and democracy on life expectancy in low-income countries,
highlighting the opportunities, challenges, and complexities that arise from these forces.

Economic Globalization:
Economic globalization has spurred economic growth, creating new opportunities for employment, income
generation, and access to healthcare services. Foreign investment, trade, and technology transfer have:

created jobs and increased income, Reduced poverty and improved living standards, enhanced access to healthcare services and health facilities, Improved healthcare quality and outcomes.

Social Globalization:
Social globalization has facilitated the exchange of ideas, cultures, and values, leading to:

Adoption of healthy behaviors and lifestyles

Improved healthcare systems and health outcomes

Enhanced access to education and health information

Promotion of human rights, gender equality, and social justice

Political Globalization:
Political globalization has led to the spread of democracy, promoting:

Accountability and transparency in governance

Good governance and effective healthcare systems

Increased access to healthcare services and health facilities

Prioritization of healthcare, education, and social welfare

Democracy:
Democracy has a profound impact on life expectancy in low-income countries, as it:

Promotes human rights, gender equality, and social justice

Prioritizes healthcare, education, and social welfare

Enhances accountability and transparency in governance

Encourages citizen participation and engagement in healthcare decision-making

In summary, using Nigeria as a case study, Globalization and democracy have
revolutionized the world, presenting unparalleled opportunities for low-income countries like Nigeria to break free from the shackles of poverty and underdevelopment. Despite the harsh economic realities, Nigeria can leverage globalization and democracy to:

Attract foreign investment and technology transfer

Enhance economic growth and competitiveness

Improve access to healthcare, education, and social services

Promote human rights, gender equality, and social justice

Strengthen governance, accountability, and transparency

Encourage citizen participation and engagement in decision-making

Foster regional and international cooperation

By embracing globalization and democracy, Nigeria can unlock its potential, overcome development challenges, and join the ranks of prosperous nations. However, this requires
effective governance, strategic planning, and a commitment to democratic values. With the right policies and investments, Nigeria can harness the power of globalization and.democracy to create a brighter future for its citizens.

Conclusion:
Globalization and democracy have transformed the world, offering unprecedented opportunities for low-income countries to improve life expectancy and health outcomes.
While challenges persist, the benefits of globalization and democracy far outweigh the costs. By harnessing the power of these forces, we can create a healthier, more prosperous, and equitable world for all.

Note: This brief article is written and published on behalf of Barrister Sly Ezeokenwa, the APGA National Chairman

Nduka Anyanwu

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