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How can we improve healthcare in emerging countries?

Source: Faiz Kermani PhD, Director of Media Relations, World Medical Fund
Published: 04/06/14

Despite the impressive medical advances that have taken place over the past 100 years, shocking healthcare disparities continue to exist on a global level and many people lack access to even basic healthcare.

On May 22nd 2014, the World Medical Fund’s (WMF) Director of Media Relations, Faiz Kermani, gave a presentation at the Life Science Network Basel meeting in Switzerland entitled “How can we improve healthcare in emerging countries?”

As the audience heard, answering this question is far from easy, since there are numerous complex and inter-related challenges that organisations such as WMF find themselves confronted with on the ground. Using official data and photos taken by WMF’s team, the presentation contrasted operating conditions in Switzerland with Malawi in order to show the dramatic contrast between industrialised countries and those in emerging countries.

“Many of the issues that confront WMF’s team when working in Malawi are ones that would be almost unheard of or irrelevant in industrialised countries,” explained Faiz. “The success of any global initiatives to reduce healthcare disparities also depends on long-term financing, good infrastructure, educational programmes for communities and health workers and collaboration between multiple stakeholders and political commitment.”

WMF was founded with two key objectives: high achievement on the ground and low administration costs. Most of WMF’s work is conducted in Malawi, a landlocked nation that ranks among the world’s least developed countries. Every day WMF’s work saves young lives and eases suffering by making medical care available to village children, often for the first time. In these remote geographical locations, the lack of transport and infrastructure exacerbate the difficulties in providing access to proper medical care.

“The impact of our work is clear and given the funding we can take our services further afield in order to ensure that the children left at the bottom of the pile of humanity can access vital medical care, “ commented Nazlie Chan-Wing-Yen, WMF’s Project Coordinator.

As WMF receives no governmental funding, it relies entirely on donations and operates with minimal administrative costs (less than 4%). Since 2003 WMF’s Children’s Mobile Clinic has treated over 280,000 sick children, but to continue its vital work WMF urgently needs more external funding and support.

The full presentation can be accessed by clicking here

Read more about WMF’s current activities in the latest newsletter

For more information on the World Medical Fund (WMF; UK registered charity number: 1063756)

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