Global Health Support is a term that describes health problems in relation to the worldwide population. It is an active research topic, as health issues can have a significant economic impact on multiple countries when programs and treatments are implemented. Many nations are in desperate need of health support, in particular Cambodia, Somalia, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone and Mozambique.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is a leading authority on global health. Active since 1948, WHO addresses incidence and prevalence, and develops treatment programs for major global issues, in particular communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
Global Health also covers illness prevention through the development of educational programs. Understanding the issues surrounding development, nutrition, aging, reproduction, occupational health and substance abuse requires extensive knowledge of demography, epidemiology, and economics. Legal and ethical issues are also involved, as well as human rights, equality factors and an ability to manage the medical resources available in each country. WHO is also responsible for gathering statistical information and disseminating public health publications and reports worldwide.
Increasing access to healthcare, fighting poverty and malnutrition, and decreasing the spread of communicable diseases will help to improve health on a worldwide scale. UNESCO states that there are more than a billion people worldwide without access to healthcare and, according to the World Food Programme, nearly eight million children die every year from malnutrition. WHO aims to ensure that all people have access to some form of healthcare and able to benefit from programs geared toward prevention and treatment.
Among a number of organizations, Ribbons for Research has selected the following organization in support of this condition:
Global Health Force
Global Health Force’s mission is to deliver medical services and supplies to underserved areas of the world’ via volunteers working with local partners.
Founded in 2004, they strive to deliver medical care, education, resources and supplies to those in need to help them lead more productive and healthy lifestyles. They have completed more than 30 worldwide missions over the past 10 years to communities who welcome the healthcare and enjoy the warm and caring attitude of the medical staff. Their gratitude is palpable.
GHF has come to the aid of many countries suffering from recent disasters. As a grassroots organization, they rely 100 per cent on donations from medical care companies and donations, and on volunteerism of doctors, nurses and everyday folk to carry out their missions in impoverished countries.