Health, a fundamental human right, is also a key input to economic development because it raises the productivity of the work force and increases the attractiveness of the economy for investors, domestic and foreign. Pandemic diseases such as malaria, TB, and AIDS not only cause human suffering but deter investments in infrastructure, tourism, agriculture, mining, and industry. However, avoidable illnesses and premature death is also endured often in developing countries. Moreover, inequalities in health status and in access to healthcare are pervasive and growing, both among and within countries. Despite all this, technical interventions to prevent and treat the vast majority of health conditions affecting people in these countries are well known. The central challenge to achieving the health Millennium Development Goals is one of implementation--of ensuring access to these known interventions in ways that simultaneously promote the fundamental aims of development and social justice.

In the MV Sim, your family members must receive adequate nutrition and sufficient drinking water in order to remain healthy. In addition, a person's health can deteriorate if he/she becomes sick due to water-borne disease, malaria, or respiratory disease (there is also a small probability of getting sick with other diseases, such a flu). If a person is not at maximum health, he/she can recover by receiving adequate nutrition and by seeing a doctor. Note that health improves faster if there is a clinic, and even faster if there is a clinic with electricity.