The biggest health care issues in the modern world

Health care is one of the most prominent topics of discussion across many countries worldwide. Health issues affect everyone from the government right down to you and your family, so it is important to take note of the current problems affecting both your country and the rest of the world.

Combating the issues

Dealing with these and other health issues costs money. Many influential people have decided to set up foundations or to donate funds to assist the health care industry. Notable examples include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Clinton Foundation.

Individuals in developing countries have also followed suit. For instance, you may have heard about Jennifer Abubakar, wife of former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar. This woman founded the Gede Foundation, a non-profit organization that works with people living with HIV in Nigeria. The foundation works to raise awareness of the disease, reduce stigma and discrimination against the victims as well as provide support to those affected. If you want to learn about her work, Search results for "jennifer douglas abubakar" on any search engine should reveal more information.

Top five issues in health care today

Some of the problems experienced in the modern world today include:

  • Shortage of community health workers.
    There is a shortage of trained and skilled community health workers across the world. This presents a significant challenge when it comes to giving under served communities the health care they deserve. In order to combat this, there is an urgent need to train and equip more health workers and to deploy them where their services are needed.
  • The on-going HIV/AIDS pandemic.
    The HIV/AIDS pandemic has claimed millions of lives around the world and efforts are ongoing to bring the number of new infections down to zero. Many resources are being channelled towards the treatment and care of people living with HIV/AIDS as well as towards the prevention of new cases.
  • The continuing fight against malaria.
    Malaria is responsible for a huge number of deaths. Focus is on the prevention of the disease, quick diagnosis of new cases and prompt, effective treatment of those who contract it. Thankfully, cases of malaria have been on a gradual decline in recent years as efforts continue to find a suitable vaccine.
  • The increasing global burden of non-communicable diseases.
    Non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases are on the increase globally. Researchers are still involved in finding the cure for most of these diseases, especially cancer, as well as trying to understand how lifestyle and diet contribute to their increase.
  • Infant and child mortality rates.
    Some countries have made remarkable strides towards reducing the incidence of child mortality within their borders while others are still struggling. Health workers have their work cut out in educating people about the importance of family planning, proper nutrition and vaccination in relation to child health.

The money gathered from charitable foundations goes a long way towards supporting research and funding health awareness programmes throughout the world. Perhaps if you and I donated to worthy health care causes, the world would be one step closer to eradicating most diseases and illnesses.


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