What is Global Health?
Updated: Oct 15, 2020
What is global health?
In the last couple of years, the term ‘global health’ has become more and more popular but most people don’t know exactly what it means. The current definition for global health is “an area for study, research, and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving health equity for all people worldwide.”
Why is global health important?
Most of our medical resources around the world are concentrated in densely populated areas with higher average incomes, leaving rural and poor areas out to dry. Half of our world's population lacks access to basic health care. The poorest and most remote communities have the least-educated health care providers and the greatest burden of illness. Yet, the most common illnesses around the world are treatable and/or preventable. As the world becomes more interconnected, prioritizing global health not only helps neglected communities around the world, but it also protects us here at home. Due to the recent increase in international travel and commerce worldwide, it is necessary to think about health in a global context.
How does One Good Turn address global health concerns?
We partner with established organizations in ‘last mile’ communities with minimal access to medical education or health care resources. We’ve worked in rural Kenya, Cambodia, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and many more. We provide culturally sensitive clinical care and practical medical education. By participating in global health efforts, we help to accelerate our global neighbors’ journey toward self-reliance and thriving development. We believe that compassionate care and education, offered with kindness and in communion with our global neighbors, is the best kind of medicine.