Get it Together

Since the end of World War II the United States has made health care and health services a top priority. Can we say the same for other rural areas around the world? I doubt it. I do however recognize how easy it is to say that other countries aren’t doing everything in their power to supply the health necessities to rural areas that need it most; on the other hand I can easily recognize that there is high demand for priority health care in these rural areas. Sadly, many of the inhabitants in these areas are not educated enough to realize that the health care they are receiving is negligible in comparison to the health care that could be provided to them. Situations like this allow patients to believe that the services they receive is good enough because they go home feeling better but in actuality, they have no idea what optimal health care could do for them! They are not aware that there is more advanced and reliable facilities that can provide high quality health services — if they knew, or were educated enough then they would most definitely demand it.

What is it going to take to prove that optimal priority health care is evident and can make a difference in the lives of thousands of people? If an astonishingly high child mortality rate is not enough, then I don’t know what is. Research was done in Tanzania and results unfolded an alarming rate of people bypassing primary care facilities to seek higher level care facilities or private facilities. Primarily the research focused on women who choose to deliver their babies in a health facility that was not in their own district because of the inefficiency and health care provided in that particular facility. The interest for demanding better health care is obvious by the women’s preference in choosing to travel farther and risk deepening their own poverty level. Clearly there is a large sense of power coming from the demand side but there has to be an identical force coming from the supply side that can conjoin in order to make an impact in these communities.

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