The Inequalities of Health Access in Developing Countries
For many years now, healthcare for people in third world countries has never been good. In fact, the right of healthcare has yet to become a reality for millions of people around the world. According to the Humanium, more than 13 million children under the ages of five tend to die from illnesses that cannot be treated or avoided. There are a number of health inequalities that have come about from the lack of health access to developing nations.
Poor Populations Are Affected Most
It is the poor population around the world who suffers the most risks when it comes to food shortages, lack of drinking water and having a proper sanitation system. Consequently these populations will be more vulnerable to diseases and get sick.
Infectious diseases tend to be more serious with children suffering from malnutrition and having little to no access to drinking water. In fact, regions like India, Nigeria, and Pakistan account for over half of the children’s deaths worldwide.
Healthcare And Medicine Are Prohibitive for Millions
There are many people who do not benefit from health coverage. Hence, they do not have access to healthcare beyond their means. Some people even have to wait for years to save and see a doctor or even a specialist.
Moreover, large pharmaceutical companies place extreme prices on their medicines which makes it difficult for third world nations to afford important medicines that they are in need of the most.
Failure to Improve Healthcare Systems
All of these issues have been a result of the government’s failure to improve the healthcare facilities for their people. The death rate of children has increased significantly over the years due to infectious diseases as a result of low vaccination levels. Additionally, most developing countries do not have enough staff or healthcare equipment that can cater to people’s medical needs.
Low Health Coverage For Children and Mothers
In most poor regions, deliveries and pregnancies are extremely risky for the health of both mother and child. Only a few of them are able to gain benefit from regular checkups during the pregnancy and have no information about their unborn child. Through proper technology and medical expertise, any complications during the pregnancy could have been quickly detected and treated before it could lead to serious complications between the mother and child. In fact, many statistics have shared that there are still 40% of mothers who continue to give birth without the need of any medical assistance – and many die, leaving behind their new born who is also 10 times more likely to be at risk of dying before they turn five years old.
The feeling of helplessness has plagued these people for many years now – but we can still hope that there are people out there who are working towards making a revolutionary change of these circumstances for the better.
One of the people who has been a part of making these changes is Juan de Borbon – a revered Spanish American clinical research executive who has been making use of telehealth services for better medical use within third world nations.
Juan de Borbon has an extensive background in global clinical R&D and has accomplished a number of trials as an executive. A few examples include being the President and CEO at CPK Clinical Research Institute, which was a startup business with a focused hospital-based phase 1 clinical pharmacology unit with additional outpatient clinical sites. Another would be when he served as the Executive Director of Clinical Operations at SFBC International, plus being the COO and Sr. Vice President of Clinical Services & Support at OmniComm Systems.
Regarding the subject of telehealth services, he introduced state-of-art technologies in healthcare with telehealth. This way he was able to introduce a way to improve the reach of allowing more people in all parts of the world to access medical services in a more fast pace and efficient manner – ensuring that people get all the help they need and through the right resources.